Later News Jul 28

Sesko downs Liverpool in pre-season, so Man United fans start claiming him as their own


While Benjamin Sesko was previously only linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, his winner for Red Bull Salzburg against Liverpool in this morning’s (SGT) pre-season friendly has already endeared him to the Old Trafford faithful.

 

Sesko’s goal proved to be the only one of the game, as Salzburg overcame last season’s English FA Cup and League Cup winners Liverpool 1-0 in Austria.

 

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That goal immediately propelled Sesko into the hearts and minds of United fans on social media, with many of them boasting about the 19-year-old’s ability like he was already one of their own.

 

United fans’ joy was compounded by the fact that Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez failed to find the target yet again, giving them hope that the Uruguayan’s four-goal haul against RB Leipzig last week was as fluky as a successful Harry Maguire tackle.

 

The result also means that Liverpool have now suffered their second loss in four pre-season games – their other defeat, of course, was inflicted by United themselves in the prestigious Bangkok Century Cup.

 

With Reds manager Jurgen Klopp having publicly ruled out further incomings this transfer window, questions have been asked of whether the potential €100m (S$146m) that the Anfield outfit spent on Nunez has been worth it, or just another Andy Carroll-type purchase.

 

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Klopp, however, has backed Nunez – ostensibly bought as a replacement for Sadio Mane – to come good when it really matters (when the season actually starts), although he did admit that the forward could use a bit more support in the final-third.

 

“Darwin was alone too much, everybody dropped off and everyone was then too wide and Darwin was alone in the box. He had his chances but he needs more support around him to keep other players busy so they don't focus on him,” Klopp explained.

 

“First-half, we made too many mistakes which they could use. We had good moments in the game as well, we could have scored four, five goals at least. We didn't do that. It doesn't feel great but we take it and go from here.”

 

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Klopp also lamented that Salzburg failed to get the memo that this was only a friendly, with some of the tackles that they put in on the Liverpool players riling up the German manager.

 

However, Klopp insists that he respects Salzburg’s unfriendly take on friendlies, as he said: “It didn't feel like a friendly, for Salzburg and us as well. Salzburg had these rough challenges but they did really well. All respect to them, sometimes I didn't like their challenges but nothing happened there I think.

 

“In the first-half, we were too open, too wide and weren't connected enough. When we lost the ball, it was like a motorway with their speed - especially when you lose simple passes where nobody can react.

 

“The last half an hour was like a thunderstorm. We were like a truck but we didn't finish them off. It will be fine. We had to make a lot of changes but I take that.”

 

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