Salah, Mane on target as Liverpool down City

Salah, Mane on target as Liverpool down City

Salah, Mane on target as Liverpool down City

City lost new £60m signing Riyad Mahrez to an ankle injury in the first half.

Sadio Mane wasted two great chances during the closing stages but it did not matter as he stepped up and converted a 94th-minute penalty after Solanke was bundled over.

Missing a host of World Cup stars, City opened the scoring approaching the hour mark via Leroy Sane's brilliance after the Germany star outpaced Virgil van Dijk and Nathaniel Clyne.

Mane stroked home Liverpool's victor from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time to give Jurgen Klopp's men a morale-boosting victory over an under-strength City team at the MetLife Stadium.

Bernardo Silva came off the bench to replace Mahrez and the Portugal worldwide starred with a brace as Premier League champions City overturned a 2-0 deficit.

"It's incredible what we have done", Guardiola said.

City have bolstered their squad further following their record-breaking exploits last season as they aim to become the first team to retain the league title since Manchester United in 2009.

'I said in the previous game how proud I was.

Mahrez went down after just five minutes under a challenge from Bayern's American defender Chris Richards and was able to continue, though the £60million arrival from Leicester was forced to admit defeat when the problem flared up again. "The average age of our players in the first half was very young".

England U-17 World Cup victor Foden and Diaz made the step up into the seniors last season and have increased their chances of making further inroads during the new campaign with some good performances over the last 10 days.

"I'm happy with Phil because he played an outstanding game, " said Guardiola. "We can not only go for a 1-0 here, 1-0 there - I know if you win silverware in the end then people are probably happy, but the whole year was still rubbish". That is a good example for the club. It is so complicated, but I am so satisfied.

"It's only a game we played and a lot of good moments which we can use and a lot of bad moments we can work on".

Meanwhile, the state of the pitch in New Jersey scuppered Guardiola's plans of fielding centre-back Aymeric Laporte, with the City boss saying: "Laporte, the second day in Manchester he had a little problem with a sore wrist".

"When you see Robben, Coman, Wagner, Ribery and these exceptional players they make a difference but we overcame the situation".

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