Harry Wilson and Roberto Firmino helped Premier League powerhouses Liverpool beat Lyon on Wednesday despite Alisson Becker’s first-half howler.
New Lyon manager Sylvinho has paid tribute to an ‘amazing’ Liverpool side after Jurgen Klopp’s Reds triumphed 3-1 in Wednesday’s pre-season clash, speaking to the club’s official website.
After defeats to Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli, plus a 2-2 draw against Sporting Lisbon, the Champions of Europe got their preparations back on track with a much-improved performance, and result, against Ligue 1 outfit Lyon at the Stade de Geneve.
Liverpool have made a series of unforced errors over the summer and a howler from goalkeeper Alisson Becker gifted Lyon an early lead. But this time the Merseyside giants fought back, Harry Wilson firing home a 25-yard screamer to seal a win after an equaliser from Roberto Firmino and a horror own-goal from Joachim Andersen.
And Sylvinho, the former Manchester City and Arsenal left-back who took over from Bruno Genesio at Lyon recently, has taken the time to praise a team who were just one point away from sealing a Premier League and Champions League double last season.
“Liverpool is an amazing team with an incredible coach as well,” he said. “They have very good players. It’s a very physical team (but) also technical.
“All you have to do is watch what they did last season. They played very well.”
With the Community Shield looming large against a fearsome Manchester City side, Klopp will be hoping Alisson’s first-half flap is the last costly mistake his team will be responsible for over the next few months.
After a testing pre-season tour, Liverpool showed signs of recovery against Lyon. And they still haven’t welcomed back Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.