Bayern Munich beat Liverpool 4-3

In a thrilling encounter in Singapore, Liverpool suffered their first defeat of pre-season as Bayern Munich secured a dramatic 4-3 win with a stunning stoppage-time strike from 20-year-old Frans Kratzig.

Liverpool took an early lead with goals from Cody Gakpo and Virgil van Dijk, putting them in a commanding position at the half-hour mark. However, Bayern responded swiftly through Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, leveling the game at the break. There was an injury concern for Liverpool’s Alexis Mac Allister, who had to be substituted at halftime.

Substitute Luiz Diaz restored Liverpool’s lead in the second half, but Bayern equalized once again through Josip Stanisic. In the dying moments of the match, Frans Kratzig’s sensational left-footed strike secured the victory for Bayern.

Liverpool had an impressive start, with Gakpo’s goal coming early after a well-executed one-two with Diogo Jota. Min-Jae Kim made a crucial defensive block, denying Mohamed Salah a chance to double Liverpool’s lead.

Virgil van Dijk extended Liverpool’s lead with a powerful header from Andy Robertson’s corner before Bayern’s response. Serge Gnabry’s goal reduced the deficit, and he later set up Leroy Sane for the equalizer just before halftime.

In the second half, Liverpool made some changes, but Bayern’s Kingsley Coman posed a constant threat, although Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson made crucial saves. Stanisic capitalized on a rebound after Alisson’s save from Matthijs de Ligt’s header to equalize for Bayern.

Then came the decisive moment when Frans Kratzig received a cross-field pass and unleashed a fierce left-footed strike, securing Bayern’s victory in the final moments of the match.

Despite the defeat, Liverpool had some positives to take away from the game, with standout performances from Gakpo and Van Dijk. However, there were also areas of concern, especially in midfield, as they continue their search for replacements following the departures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho. Bayern displayed their attacking prowess, even without a senior No. 9 in their lineup, as they kept the pressure on Liverpool’s defense throughout the match.

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