Right from the start, the enthusiastic crowd urged Liverpool FC’s standout players, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah, to take shots whenever they had a chance. After half an hour of waiting, the 28,597-strong audience’s persistence paid off as they were treated to a thrilling goal-scoring spectacle. Liverpool FC secured a convincing 4-0 victory over Leicester City FC, ensuring they retained the Standard Chartered Singapore Trophy on Sunday, 30th July.
The Liverpool FC manager, Jürgen Klopp, praised the unique atmosphere at the Singapore National Stadium and expressed his gratitude to the passionate crowd, the majority of whom donned LFC jerseys and scarves while energetically waving an array of banners and flags.
Klopp said: “It was all good, we created great chances. In the first half, the high press worked pretty well in moments. The second half, we were a lot better with pressure on the ball. There were a lot of good moments, but we can still do better. A few knocks ruined the game, but the atmosphere was really special. We’ve experienced it a couple of times so to the people doing it, thank you for that.”
After being caught offside, Darwin Núñez managed to find the net moments later, prompting exuberant cheers from the crowd who had previously sung the iconic anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with great enthusiasm. The Uruguayan striker tapped the ball into the net from close range after thirty minutes, taking advantage of Leicester City FC goalkeeper Mads Hermansen’s parry from Diogo Jota’s strike.
In the 35th minute, young midfielder Bobby Clark extended Liverpool FC’s lead by calmly slotting in Mohamed Salah’s cutback into the middle of the penalty box. Merely three minutes later, the crowd erupted with excitement once again as Jota’s header from Salah’s well-delivered cross effortlessly found the back of the net, securing a comfortable 3-0 lead for the Reds at halftime. In the 63rd minute, Ben Doak added a fourth goal by heading in at the near post, sealing Liverpool FC’s victory. Although Leicester City FC had several opportunities, they were unable to convert them into goals.
Both Klopp and Jota, who was named Man of the Match, expressed satisfaction with the outcome, emphasizing the team’s determination to surpass last season’s performance and continue improving.
Jota said: “We want to build on the physical side of the game and build on (what we did today). We want to do a lot better than we did last season. Last season was not great, so we really want to improve on that. That is what pre-season is about, to build and try to get better for the start of the season.”
Klopp added: “They’re not happy with last season but we ended quite well. We worked together and it really showed. If you look at the team, there’s a lot of different roles on the pitch and in the dressing room as well. I’m really happy about the situation we’re in, the boys have grown into the game and their roles again and that’s really special and good.”
Despite the defeat, Leicester City FC manager Enzo Maresca remained positive and upbeat. He expressed his delight with the fantastic atmosphere and his pleasure in being in Singapore. Maresca noted that the team performed well in the first half-hour, playing quality football from the back, creating chances, and finding solutions and spaces. He acknowledged Liverpool FC as one of the best teams in terms of transition. While results in football may vary, Maresca emphasized the significance of witnessing how his team embraced the ideas and intentions, and he expressed contentment with their response to the match.
Leicester City FC midfielder Harry Winks also found positives in the match, stating that the lessons learned would prove valuable as the club continues its pursuit of Premier League success.
He said: “I think in spells we played really well, we showed our intention in how we want to play and what we want to do this season. We played against one of the best teams in the world who are ruthless when you make mistakes. It was a good test for us, lots of positives, but ultimately we’re disappointed with the results. Our aim this season is to get promoted, we know it is a difficult league to play in, but we have a great squad and a great manager, and we are all very determined to get back into the Premier League.”
FC Bayern Munich welcomed to Singapore by over 150 fans
Over at Andaz Singapore, FC Bayern Munich, Liverpool FC’s upcoming opponents, were greeted with enthusiasm yesterday evening by a crowd of over 150 fans, some of whom had arrived as early as 11 am. Manager Thomas Tuchel, along with fan favorites like new signing Kim Min-jae and Joshua Kimmich, received a warm and enthusiastic welcome, with rousing cheers from the supporters. Jamal Musiala also took the time to interact with fans, posing for photos and signing autographs, further adding to the excitement of the event.
On 2nd August, the Bundesliga champions are set to face Liverpool FC in the Singapore Trophy presented by Audi and Standard Chartered at the National Stadium.