Barcelona rounded out their International Champions Cup with a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool. Barcelona had come into the game with a chance to win the trophy should they have triumphed by 4 goals, instead it was all 1 way traffic as Liverpool made minced meat of the shaky Blaugrana backline.
New signing Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 15th minute when he ran onto Adam Lallana’s pass into the area and slammed the ball past a hapless ter Stegen in goal. Barcelona almost struck back in the 23rd minute when Leo Messi ran onto Luis Suarez’s flicked ball into the area but his left footed strike found the post with goalkeeper Mingolet soundly beaten. Arda Turan would then have his effort saved in the 28th minute before the rebound was cleared for a corner with an empty goal gaping. Munir el Haddadi then played in Luis Suarez for a wonderful chance with a brilliant cross-field ball but the Uruguayan again found Mingolet equal to the task.
If the first half was even the second was over before it began. In the 47th minute Sadio Mane got past a hapless Jeremy Mathieu in before squaring only for Javier Mascherano to put the ball past Claudio Bravo who had just come on as a substitute. Barcelona barely had time to kick off when Busquets lost the ball in midfield and Origi found himself with endless space as the Barcelona center backs parted like the red sea leaving him with an easy finish. 3-0 down after 48 minutes and the game was effectively sealed.
There was still time for the Reds to rub salt into the Blaugrana wounds as Marko Grujic ran onto a floated ball and looped a header past the stunned Bravo. The Blaugrana well and truly embarrassed then by a team that could not qualify for Europe for the coming season. There will undoubtedly be a lot of introspection on this result as the defense looked to be a serious problem and one can imagine that there will be quite a few harsh words from the coach to the team should a result like this re-occur during the season. Highlights of the game can be seen here.
Lineup (4-3-3): Jordi Masip: Aleix Vidal; Javier Maschernao; Jeremy Mathieu; Camara: Denis Suarez; Sergio Busquets; Arda Turan: Lionel Messi; Luis Suarez; Munir el Haddadi
Substitutes: Subs: Claudio Bravo (ter Stegen 45), Lucas Digne (Camara 60), Gerard Pique (Javier Mascherano 60), Sergi Roberto (Aleix Vidal 45), Sergi Samper (Denis Suarez, 75), Rafa Mujica (Luis Suarez 75), Ivan Rakitic (Sergio Busquets 60), Andres Iniesta (Arda Turan 60), Jesus Alfaro (Lionel Messi 75).