Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his team after we beat Barcelona 4-0 in our final International Champions Cup match at Wembley this evening.
“Wonderful goals, tactically we were really good. High pressure is really important against Barcelona. There is not a lot to criticise,” said the German (via Telegraph).
Sadio Mane scored his first goal for the club mid-way through the first-half, before a Mascherano own goal and further strikes from Origi and Grujic sealed the win after the break.
“We did really well and I’m happy. When we became a bit passive we struggled, but that’s normal, especially against Barca,” continued Klopp.
And what an atmosphere. Liverpool conquered London today.
“I know we can press. The thing is after winning balls, we made some wonderful passes.
“Mane was great, but Roberto Firmino is man of the pre-season for me.”
His praise of Firmino surely means the Brazilian will line-up against Arsenal next weekend.
With Sturridge suffering from a small hip issue, Origi will probably lead the line and Firmino seems likely to play in the hole behind — though Klopp could spring a surprise and play Bobby as a false-nine. It’s a tactic he often used against the bigger sides last season.
Wembley also saw its second largest ever attendance (and largest for a football match) as 89,845 people packed in.
Next up for Liverpool is another friendly against Mainz in Germany tomorrow.