Liverpool 2 Leicester City 1: Coutinho shines as Klopp's men prosper + Highlight

Philippe Coutinho treated Liverpool fans in Hong
Kong to a performance full of promise for the new
season as the Reds beat Leicester City 2-1 in the
Premier League Asia Trophy final.
Having overcome Crystal Palace 2-0 in their
previous game of the pre-season tournament,
Jurgen Klopp's side looked sharp and cohesive as
they scored two first-half goals following Islam
Slimani's 12th-minute opener for Leicester.
Mohamed Salah combined with Coutinho to
equalise and the Brazilian playmaker scored a
superb solo effort to put Liverpool ahead before
half-time.
With three weeks to go until the start of the
season, Klopp will have been pleased to see his
forwards linking up intuitively, with winger Salah
gelling well with his new team-mates after
joining from Roma in June.
Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire endured a
tough test in defence and manager Craig
Shakespeare will be looking for more from his
players in their forthcoming friendlies, which
include a meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Coutinho in particular excited the crowd at Hong
Kong Stadium and he rifled a low shot into the
body of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from 25
yards after three minutes.
Leicester attacked incisively in the early stages
and, after good work down the left flank by Jamie
Vardy, Riyad Mahrez – linked with a possible move
away from the club during the close-season –
crossed for Slimani to powerfully head home at the
far post.
Eight minutes later, Salah set off on a probing run
down the Liverpool right and he cut inside before
squaring to Coutinho, who played a delightful
chipped pass into the box where the Egyptian
timed his run perfectly and nodded the ball past
Schmeichel into the bottom-left corner.
Liverpool took control thereafter and Coutinho
delighted the crowd in the 44th minute when he
broke down the left before cutting inside, sending a
thunderbolt of a shot into the far corner from the
edge of the box.
Klopp made four changes at half-time, sending on
Ragnar Klavan, Marko Grujic, Jordan Henderson
and Daniel Sturridge, and Grujic hit a spectacular
volley over the crossbar in the 49th minute as
Liverpool picked up where they left off in the
second period.

Having recovered from their lapse early in the first
half, Liverpool's defence coped well with the threat
posed by Leicester's two-pronged attack and Loris
Karius did well to deny Vardy, rushing out to claim the ball from the England striker's feet.

Vardy sent a shot just wide moments later but as
the second half wore on both teams began to suffer
the effects of the warm temperatures and there
were few chances at either end as Liverpool ran out
comfortable winners.

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