Liverpool beats Malaysia 6-3 on Asian tour
Charlie Adam scored his first goal for Liverpool as the Premier
League team beat the Malaysian national side 6-3 in the second
match of its preseason Asian tour on Saturday.
Adam, who joined from Blackpool earlier this month, made his
starting debut for Liverpool and was at the heart of the team’s
first-half attacking moments. He scored with a twice-taken penalty
in the 24th minute at Bukit Jalil Stadium.
It was the Reds’ first visit to Kuala Lumpur. The team defeated
China’s Guanghong Sunray Cave 4-3 on Wednesday.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish made 11 substitutions at the
break, and David Ngog and Maxi Rodriguez both scored twice with
Dirk Kuyt adding the other goal for the visitors.
”We still have a lot of work to do. It’s early in the preseason
and the players are not quite sharp yet,” Liverpool assistant
coach Steve Clarke said. ”It was a great game and the Malaysian
boys were very aggressive but fair.
”We let in another three goals today but it’s not just the
defense we have to work on. I’m sure the boys will be up to the
mark in four weeks’ time when we kick off the season.”
Adam showed off an array of passing skills and created chances
for his team, showing why Dalglish had been chasing his signature
The breakthrough came after striker Andy Carroll was bundled
over in the box. Adam stepped up to convert the penalty, but
referee Nagor Amir Noor Mohamed ordered him to retake the spot
kick. The Scot kept his cool to again send goalkeeper Mohamad
Nasril Mat the wrong way.
The goal woke Malaysia up and the hosts finally began to show
some aggression. They were duly rewarded when captain Shafiq Rahim
equalized near halftime with a superb free kick, and almost took
the lead through Baddrol Bakhtiar’s header two minutes later.
At halftime, Ngog came on for Carroll. He put Liverpool ahead in
the 67th minute, taking advantage of a defensive lapse to knock the
ball home from close range.
If his first goal had an element of luck, the second was a
beauty – blasting the ball into the net while on the run two
minutes later. Maxi Rodriguez made it four for the Reds in the
74th, coming in from the right to convert a cross from Emiliano
Malaysia’s top striker, Mohamad Safee Mohamad Sali, was a
reserve as he was carrying an injury. But he came on to make it 4-2
in the 79th minute after added another goal two minutes later.
Rodriguez, however, nodded the ball into the net in the 90th
minute from close range off a cross by Kuyt, who burst through the
defense in injury time to score the last goal for the five-time
Malaysia was thrashed 4-0 by Arsenal earlier this week, and its
coach K.Rajagopal said his team had learned a lot from both games
in preparation for a two-legged World Cup qualifier against
Singapore on July 23 and July 28.
”I told the players we had to be aggressive and we worked real
hard,” he said. ”There will be some players who will be elated
that we scored three times against a top club, but others will be
sad we conceded six times. There were sloppy goals and I’m not too
happy about that.”