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Liverpool thrash Barcelo in Intertiol Champions Cup

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Aug 2016 12:00 AM GMT

London, Aug 7: Sadio Mane scored his first goal as Liverpool recorded a comprehensive 4-0 win over FC Barcelo in the Intertiol Champions Cup at the Wembley Stadium here on Saturday.

The English Premier League (EPL) club completed their ICC commitments against the Spanish giants, and mager Jurgen Klopp's team treated the sell-out crowd to an exciting, fluent display.

The impressive Mane opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour with an excellent finish after Adam Lalla and Roberto Firmino had linked up well.

Liverpool stormed out of the blocks in the second half and were 3-0 up by the 49th minute thanks to an own goal from former Red Javier Mascherano and a typically classy finish from Divock Origi, Liverpool's official website reported.

Marko Grujic added further gloss to the scoreline with a brilliant looping header in injury time, and Klopp is sure to be satisfied with an encouraging performance and result against a true heavyweight of European football with Liverpool's EPL opener at Arsel now just eight days away. But the Reds did not have to wait long to take the lead as Mane rounded off an excellent team move 15 minutes in.

Lalla pickpocketed Juan Camara deep in his own half and broke forward, played a neat one-two with Firmino and then fed Mane, who finished with aplomb, high into Marc-Andre ter Stegen's net from close range.

Messi's effort appeared to spark Luis Enrique's side into life, and Mignolet was called into action shortly before the half-hour mark. The Belgian made a sharp save from Arda Turan's deflected effort before the Turkish midfielder put the rebound wide.

Philippe Coutinho then curled an effort wide after shrugging off the attentions of Aleix Vidal and Mignolet denied Suarez as an entertaining, end-to-end first half came to an end.

Klopp's side flew out of the traps after the break and put the result beyond doubt with two quickfire goals early in the second half.

Liverpool now fly to Germany on a high for their fil pre-season game against Klopp's former club Mainz on Sunday. IANS


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