Solanke strikes as Liverpool beat Palace 2-0

Doug Mendoza
July 19, 2017

The Reds did have their second of the night with just over 10 minutes to go, with Origi sending it home from the edge of the six-yard box after Coutinho's shot was blocked.

Dominic Solanke showed exactly why Liverpool were so keen to sign him this summer after his fine goal helped the Reds beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Whoever comes out victorious today will face off against West Bromwich Albion or Leicester City in the final of a tournament that is far more about building match fitness and carrying out a manager's plans than it is about the silverware on offer.

In a first-half high on intensity but short on quality, Liverpool pressed high with typical energy early on while Zaha - a consistent thorn in the Reds' side whenever the two teams meet - proved Palace's chief threat with his twists and turns on the ball.

Further down the road in their pre-season preparations, the Reds were able to call upon the likes of Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino in the Far East.

Liverpool nearly made it 1-0 on 12 minutes after Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold combined on the right but Daniel Sturridge's effort from a low cross was deflected just wide by Scott Dann.

Another lovely move saw Sturridge flick a ball over the top from Henderson to Adam Lallana, but the midfielders skied his strike.

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With Palace playing out their first game of pre-season, Liverpool began the afternoon in control.

The conditions, the overbearing humidity and badly torn-up pitch, affected proceedings but Liverpool always looked the likelier of scoring first.

With the tournament imposing ridiculous rules for substitutions, Klopp made four changes at half-time, four after two minutes and his final two in the 50th minute.

James Milner created the goal after crossing the ball to substitute Philippe Coutinho whose resulting effort took a deflection off Solanke before falling to Origi.

Palace, meanwhile, kept the eleven that started the evening.

Liverpool are back in the Champions League next season and will need a few more new faces in order to challenge both domestically and in Europe.

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