Liverpool players must take pressure off Mohamed Salah, says James Milner

Jul 28, 2018, 00:47
Liverpool players must take pressure off Mohamed Salah, says James Milner

Liverpool had to contend with a spy lurking in their dressing room after Thursday's 2-1 International Champions Cup (ICC) win over Manchester City, as James Bond made a special appearance.

"As football trainers we are always in a risky position".

Pep Guardiola's side had started the game the stronger despite still missing 15 of the 16 players involved in the World Cup, and they took every opportunity to test Liverpool keeper Lorus Karius, who still looked short of confidence after his costly Champions League errors.

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Leroy Sané came off the bench to give City a 57th-minute lead but Mohamed Salah equalised and Sadio Mané scored the victor in the fourth minute of added time from the penalty spot.

The Blues were without a host of key players for the trip due to their involvement in the World Cup, including Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, N'Golo Kante and Willian, although there was a debut for £50million midfielder Jorginho. "We are happy. We have 16 players out because our players play for the best global teams in the world".

Fernandinho was outstanding there last season, of course, even contributing five goals and three assists, but he turned 33 in May and heads into his sixth season at the club having played almost a thousand more Premier League minutes than any other City player since 2013/14.

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Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has tipped his old clubs to be first and second in the Premier League this season. It's been eight very successful years here and we've played attractive football. That is a good example for the club. "I'm sure this year we're going to do it".

"I don't know yet but I won't play for another club in England", he added. It's really hard for the boys, to see how they react in all the sessions we do.

Meanwhile, the state of the pitch in New Jersey scuppered Guardiola's plans of fielding centre-back Aymeric Laporte, with the City boss saying: "Laporte, the second day in Manchester he had a little problem with a sore wrist". "He is now in nearly ideal condition but we didn't want to take a risk today with this pitch because we need the players for the beginning of the season".

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