Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona Sadio Mane and Divock Origi eased Jurgen Klopp’s worries over Daniel Sturridge with goals as Liverpool thr...
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona
Sadio Mane and Divock Origi eased Jurgen Klopp’s worries over Daniel Sturridge with goals as Liverpool thrashed Barcelona 4-0 at Wembley.
Mane scored for the first time in a Reds shirt and Origi grabbed an assist and a goal in the space of a minute, but Sturridge and James Milner gave Klopp a potential headache before the big Premier League kick-off.
There are once again question marks over Sturridge’s fitness ahead of next week’s opener at Arsenal after the England striker missed out with what the club explained was a slight hip injury.
And Klopp was dealt another blow when Milner, who was playing in Liverpool’s problem left-back position, limped off moments before half-time.
Nevertheless, the Anfield boss would have been hugely encouraged by his side’s display against Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and co.
Everton 0-1 Espanyol
Everton ended their pre-season preparations on a flat note after Leo Baptistao's fifth-minute penalty handed Quique Sanchez Flores' Espanyol a narrow win at Goodison Park.
Baptistao gave the Spanish visitors the lead from the penalty spot inside five minutes after a foul by Idrissa Gueye inside the box.
The Toffees went close through Romelu Lukaku before Ross Barkley missed the chance to restore parity when his penalty was saved by Roberto Jimenez on the stroke of half-time.
Watford 2-2 FC Lorient
Nigeria international, Odion Ighalo, was on target for Watford who were forced to a 2-2 draw by French Ligue 1 side FC Lorient in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Watford captain, Troy Deeney, gave his side the lead after converting a 45th minute penalty.
In the 58th minute, Ighalo got on the score sheet, making it 2-0. Lorient got back into the game when Zargo Toure scored in the 61st minute to make it 2-1.
And in the 69th minute, Romain Philip, equalised for Lorient to end the game 2-2. Ighalo was Watford's top scorer with 16 English Premier League goals.
He scored in a 2-1 win against Arsenal in the quarter-final of the FA Cup inside the Emirates Stadium.
Ighalo's compatriot Isaac Success was also involved, replacing Craig Cathcart in the 27th minute, only to be subbed off in the 74th minute for Jerome Sinclair.