Liverpool end US Tour without a win after Mignolet howler – Sporting 2-2 Liverpool

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Thursday 25 July 2019 - 1:05 am
Yankee Stadium, New York, USA
Liverpool2
2Sporting
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5'⚽️ Fernandes
⚽️ Origi20'
⚽️ Wijnaldum44'
53'⚽️ Wendel
Alexander-Arnold off, Gomez on ↔️61'
Oxlade-Chamberlain off, Kent on ↔️61'
Robertson off, Wilson on ↔️61'
Origi off, Brewster on ↔️70'
Wijnaldum off, Lallana on ↔️70'
van Dijk off, Lovren on ↔️70'
Henderson off, Jones on ↔️70'
Matip off, van den Berg on ↔️89'
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Liverpool ended their tour with an improvement on their previous two defeats but had to share the 'Western Union Cup' in the friendly with Portugal's Sporting Lisbon.

The reds took to the field of the Yankee Stadium in their new away kit - white shirts and navy shorts.

LFC were clearly keen to end this tour on something of a high and the team selection suggested that.

Jurgen Klopp front-loaded his side with a host of first team players named in the starting line up but the reds went behind within 5 minutes after a long range Bruno Fernandes shot went into the net after a Simon Mignolet howler.

The reds have endured a pretty dismal set of results since landing in the United States last week - but they were saved the hassle of a penalty shoot out at full time when the 'trophy' was shared between the two sets of teams.

After Mignolet's mistake in the opening minutes Liverpool did recover and that man Origi was there to level for the reds midway through the first half.

The other half of the destroyers of Barcelona, Gini Wijnaldum, put Liverpool ahead just before the half time whistle arrived.  He was delivered a lovely pass from Oxlade-Chamberlain although his shot took a deflection to head into the Lisbon goal.

Mignolet did pull off a good reaction save at the end of the half to maintain the redmen's lead.

It didn't take long in the second half for Sporting to level.  Bruno Fernandes involved again when he supplied Wendel the opportunity to beat the keeper from 10 yards.  2-2.

The substitutions began in earnest with 30 minutes to go and the game understandably became disjointed.

Sepp van den Berg came on in the final minutes to replace Joel Matip after the Dutchman had received FIFA clearance to play for Liverpool.

The reds now leave the heatwave of United States for the heatwave of the United Kingdom and have two more friendlies before the Community Shield at Wembley.

The reds face Napoli at Murrayfield on Sunday evening.


Starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi.

Bench: Lonergan, Atherton, Lovren, Gomez, Lallana, Brewster, Kent, Lewis, Phillips, Jones, Hoever, Duncan, Woodburn, Wilson, Van den Berg

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