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

since January.

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

Insua.

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

European champions.

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.”