‘ITS 4-0 AGAINST DORTMUND AT ANFIELD’
“WE ARE SERIOUSLY BACK IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE”- that was what Liverpool’s friendly game against Borrusia Dortmund seemed to be shouting out loudly at Anfield. The Reds comfortably defeated Dortmund with a 4-0 scoreline!
Goals from Daniel Sturridge, debutante Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson gave the Reds a dominating victory in front of the packed crowd at Anfield.
Liverpool looked like the dominating team from the starting whistle and it wasn’t long before Liverpool took the lead. In the 10th minute Sturridge gave the lead to Liverpool through a great pass from Coutinho. The striker calmly netted the ball inside the left corner to open his season tally at Anfield.
It’s rare to see defenders scoring in football, let alone in their debut! But three minutes later Lovren made his dream debut as he netted a perfect corner from Gerrard to put Liverpool 2-0 up.
Dortmund did have its chances too, but they just couldn’t capitalize. The scoreline remained unchanged in the first half.
The domination continued in the second half as Liverpool scored their third goal in the 49th minute. Sterling fed a pass to Coutinho, capitalizing from a mistake from Dortmund defenders, who made a tight angled finish from the left to put the goal past the keeper to put Liverpool 3-0 ahead.
The scoreline was finally complete in the 61st minute when Henderson netted home past the keeper from a pass by Sturridge inside the penalty box.
Coutinho was undoubtedly the man of the match. His game oozed creativity and he was involved directly in the first and third goals. The Brazilian was a constant threat for the Dortmund side with perfect passing and positioning.
Sturridge certainly didn’t make it look like Liverpool were missing Suarez. The striker not only scored the opening goal, but also fed Hendo the goal-scoring assist, with a perfect combination of skills and pace.
The Liverpool squad were without key signings Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovich. Yet, there was no moment in the game where it seemed that it was a weak squad. In seven more days, we will be playing against Southampton without the injured duo. But, it certainly seems that we are strong enough to come out victorious against the Saints in front of the Kop on Saturday.