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Liverpool 3-4 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

Bayerrn Munich actually won!

FC Bayern München Team Presentation Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

Initial reactions and observations

  • FINALLY. After the disappointment against Manchester City and the demure performance against Kawasaki Frontale, Bayern Munich have actually put up a performance worth talking about. Liverpool had their fair share of problems in this game but coming back from 2-0 down to win 4-3 is a very solid effort by the team.
  • Alphonso Davies was like a man renewed in this game. After lifeless outings against City and Kawasaki, Phonzie showed what he’s really capable of by keeping Mohamed Salah quiet for the entire time he was on the pitch, while creating offensive pressure on the other end. It really feels like he was holding himself back when playing in the Japanese heat, and now he played at full throttle.
  • Kratzig has been the surprise finding of the preseason so far. What a goal by him! Coming on for Phonzie couldn’t have been easy but he has been a great offensive presence on that flank this preseason.
  • Sane, Gnabry, and Coman — who’s Bayern’s best winger? Still hard to say, really. Coman had more impact than Sane after coming on, but Sane got a goal. They seem mostly evenly matched.
  • Konrad Laimer has flagged slightly after his positive start to life at Bayern. Let’s hope it’s only a momentary slump.
  • Jamal Musiala remains a menace for opposition defenses — he was by far the most creative player on the team overall.
  • Mathys Tel got another chance to start, perhaps showing that Tuchel slowly trusts him more and more. He didn’t score, but the kid’s positioning, runs, and linkup play are all at a very high level already. He could certainly do a job as a substitute this coming season.

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Full time: Liverpool 3-4 Bayern Munich.

90’+1’ — Goal. Kratzig makes it 4-3! WHAT A SHOT!

80’ — Goal. Stanisic makes it 3-3! This kid is on fire!

66’ — Goal. Diaz makes it 3-2. Damn.

60’ — Subs: Bayern Munich have made six changes. Goretzka, Gravenberch, Mazraoui, Stanisic, Kratzig and Ibrahimovic come on for Laimer, Musiala, Upamecano, Pavard, Gnabry and Davies.

45’ — The second half is underway!

Halftime: Liverpool FC 2-2 Bayern Munich.

42’ — Goal. Leroy Sane makes it 2-2!

33’ — Goal. Serge Gnabry makes it 2-1! Hope!

28’ — Goal. Virgil van Dijk makes it 2-0 from a corner.

2’ — Goal. Cody Gakpo makes it 1-0 to Liverpool.

Kickoff: We’re underway in Singapore!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Bayern Munich line up in a 4-2-3-1 with Mathys Tel up top. Looks like Thomas Tuchel has decided to bench Noussair Mazraoui in favor of Benjamin Pavard on the right, while Kim Min-Jae makes his second appearance for the club. Joshua Kimmich and Konrad Laimer remain in midfield.

Meanwhile Klopp’s XI looks pretty strong.

After a loss to Manchester City and a disappointing performance against Kawasaki Frontale, Bayern Munich fans hope to see a reaction from the squad as they’re set to take on Liverpool FC in the final proper preseason friendly scheduled this year.

Coach Thomas Tuchel noted that the heat of the Asian summer is affecting his players, but that’s no excuse for the languid performances we’ve seen these past couple of weeks. Of major concern is the attack — without a talisman like Thomas Muller and no recognized first team striker, the Bavarians have scored just twice in the last two games. The coach will want to work on that before Harry Kane arrives — imagine the embarrassment if your 100 million euro striker can’t get any chances to pounce on.

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Match Info

Location: Singapore National Stadium, Singapore

Time: 7:30 pm local time, 7:30 am EST

TV/streaming: Find Your Country

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