Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the Far East has come to an end. However, it’s been a memorable experience for all involved. We’ve seen some truly remarkable goals, allowing the Reds to return home with an unbeaten record.
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To celebrate, we’re opening up our first ever goal of the month vote. Below, we’ve picked our three best candidates for July. Relive the goals in the videos below and then let us know your favourite in the comment section below.
Here are our top three…
A) Lallana vs Thai All-Stars
This goal was all about the build-up. Divock Origi overpowers his defender, muscles him off the ball, and plays it into Jordan Henderson. With a piece of skill worthy of any FIFA cover star, our new captain pulls off the most outrageous of ‘rabonas’ and chips the ball perfectly into the path of Adam Lallana. The midfielder dallies a little bit in possession but his first touch is enough to fool his defender. Then he’s left with the easiest of tasks to pick out the bottom corner of the net. Let’s hope that this is a combination we see regularly throughout the season.
B) Lallana vs Brisbane Roar
This one was all about Lallana. You’ll have to skip through to about 30 seconds to get to the good bit, but watch as he kills James Milner’s long pass dead with a truly magnificent touch. Then, without a moments hesitation, a couple of stepovers and a shimmy of the body have his marker in a heap and wondering where the ball could possible have gone. He steps inside, bursting into the area, and then unleashes a thundering drive into the top right hand corner of the net to bring the scores level. Another indication that this could be a big year for Adam.
C) Ibe vs Malaysia XI
Arguably the stand-out performer on our tour, the teenager really deserved this goal. We were definitely grateful for it as well, as this top draw effort prevented what would have otherwise been an embarrassing defeat. As you can see, he was simply too good for his defender, as he cut inside with ease. And then, despite being on his wrong foot, he lashes the ball past the helpless goalkeeper. He can’t have even seen it coming. This goal will have done Ibe’s chances for the season no harm at all, as he battles with Coutinho and Firmino and co for a first-team place.