With a sea of red jerseys filling Yankee Stadium Liverpool FC were the kings of New York with the 3-1 shootout victory over Manchester City, during the Guinness International Champions Cup that was held on July 30.
It was a battle of two of the premiere clubs, and it was truly a battle as both clubs played an intense style of soccer-as there was a combination of some great touches, great defense and great action overall enhanced by the 49, 653 in attendance that were singing and chanting throughout.
In a match that had seemed like it was a home match for Manchester City FC, who has invested into the MLS New York City FC, set to play at Yankee Stadium in 2015. The sea of red jerseys that were spotted at Yankee Stadium on this night only goes to show how much support that Liverpool FC can get when they can come to the states.
“Liverpool supporters does not surprise me,” said Manager Brendan Rodgers. “I’ve been with the club for over two years and it is just remarkable the support that we get wherever we go in the world. Even though this may have been the home match for Manchester City, it felt more like a home match for Liverpool”
Even though the crowd was clearly on Liverpool’s side, Manchester City FC was the aggressive club at the start of the night, as Blues’ Stevan Jovetic opened up the scoring at the 53rd minute off of a nice cross from Jesus Navas.
Liverpool FC had many great opportunities throughout, and were able to cash in on the 59th minute as Jordan Henderson was able to connect off a great run from Daniel Sturridge.
It had seemed as if Manchester City was going to rain on the parade of the fans in attendance, as Jovetic struck in the 67th minute for his second goal of the game. On this night though the Reds found an answer to tie things up at 2, as young striker Raheem Sterling had a beautiful finish in the 85th minute.
With both clubs getting a point in the International Champions Cup, things did go to the shootout frame to help determine who the final point would go too. After two spectacular saves by Liverpool FC keeper Simon Mignolet there were also three beautiful shots by Henderson, Emre Can and Lucas Leiva that helped the club earn the victory.
Liverpool FC, who currently sits in the top spot of Group B in the International Champions cup will now head to Charlotte, NC to take on A.C. Milan at Bank of America Stadium on August 2. As for Manchester City FC, who currently sit in second place in Group B they will now head to Minneapolis, MN to take on Olympiacos at TCF Bank Stadium on August 2.
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