Liverpool delight with another goals galore, win 6-3 against Malaysia XI
Liverpool overpowered Malaysia XI 6-3 in a match that saw Liverpool field a lot of their key players. The match was played at Kuala Lumpur as a part of Liverpool’s Asia tour. Charlie Adam made his first start for Liverpool and scored from the spot. Adam made an appearance against Guangdong as well when he was substituted in at half time. He looked even more assured on the pitch and shared a special chemistry with Andy Carroll upfront. Carroll himself was making the right moves on the pitch and was the one to earn the penalty for Adam.
Liverpool were banking upon short passes and the wings were relatively less frequented. Malaysia was showing a fair bit of resistance but never looked threatening. It was a dead ball situation that came to their rescue as Mohammad Safiq Rahim scored just before halftime. Liverpool would have hoped for a conclusive lead going into the halftime but that was not the case. Staying coherent to the ideology of giving the maximum number of players a run, Liverpool changed the look of the team.
David Ngog was disappointing in the last game but he had his shooting boots ready this time around. He scored twice early on in the second half to relieve any anxiety. Alberto Aquilani looked in better touch in this game. The Italian is hoping to revive his chances at Liverpool after a successful stint on loan with Juventus. He was brilliant on and off the ball and looked assure with his touches. He will be facing stiff competition for a spot in the Liverpool mid-field next season.
Maxi Rodriguez was in prime form in the last stages of the past season. The Argentinean had expressed a desire to return back home to his boyhood club Old Newell’s Boys but if his performance is anything to go by, there will be still some time before that happens. He netted two goals in the closing stages of the match to make it a resounding win for Liverpool.
The other addition was made by Dirk Kuyt who was his usual self on the pitch, focused and hard-working. Malaysia did a fair job while attacking but their defense was scattered easily by Liverpool. At the same time, it was a good exposure for the Asian side. Looking back at the game they can be proud of their spirited attitude throughout the game.