Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Shaqiri shines in debut as Liverpool rout United

Shaqiri shines in debut as Liverpool rout United

Shaqiri is one four new signings at Liverpool following the arrivals of Alisson, Naby Keita and Fabinho, and Klopp does not plan to add any defenders before the transfer window closes.

"The only real story I know from MI is the Fab Five", Klopp said. "This is not my squad, half of my squad are missing and half of the players out there today will not be at the club after August 9".

Jose Mourinho, who handed a debut to £47 million midfielder Fred in the second half, was forced into a change before the game had even kicked off.

"Maybe it is a step for me to know the players more than anything". "These people, I think they show how much they love their clubs".

Alexis was one of the few senior players on show for United, with a number of their star names still absent as they return from post-World Cup holidays. "If not then we keep fighting and working and believing in the players that we have".

United's best moment of the opening 20 minutes was when Mourinho jumped off his seat to catch Grant's miscued clearance prompting a cheer from the Big House crowd.

Matic picked up the injury at the World Cup in Russian Federation and had undergone surgery in Philadelphia, Mourinho said, though he did not disclose the nature of the problem. He immediately had surgery so as not to lose more time.

Valencia has already flown home with a calf injury while Shaw was also absent from the squad against Liverpool after picking up a knock against AC Milan in Los Angeles.

Mourinho was honest, but he will not have pleased over 40,000 United fans present when he said: "If I was them (fans) I wouldn't spend my money to come and watch these teams".

"Now we have Real Madrid and after that we have Bayern Munich and that's our start", Mourinho continued.

He told MUTV, "Anthony Martial, he had the baby, and after the baby was born - attractive baby, full of health, thank god - he should be here and he's not here". We are not playing here to improve the team or our dynamic or routines.

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