Bayern Munich defeat Liverpool in goal-filled Singapore friendly


Bayern Munich made it back-to-back pre-season wins after coming from behind to beat Liverpool 4-3 in Singapore.

Bayern Munich 4-3 Liverpool
0-1 Gapko (2'), 0-2 Van Dijk (28'), 1-2 Gnabry (33'), 2-2 Sane (42'), 2-3 Luis Diaz (66'), 3-3 Stanisic (80'), 4-3 Krätzig (90')

It didn't always look like Thomas Tuchel's side would end their pre-season tour of Asia on a high note, particularly as Cody Gakpo put Liverpool ahead inside two minutes in front of a 50,000-strong crowd. Bayern had an even bigger mountain to climb when Virgil van Dijk doubled the English team's advantage with a header shortly before the half-hour mark, but the defending Bundesliga champions soon kicked into gear and were level before half-time thanks to strikes from Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, with the former also making the latter's strike. 

Former RB Leipzig star Dominik Szoboszlai had a shot from range as the blink-and-you-miss-it nature of the game continued after the break, before Luis Diaz fired Liverpool back in front midway through the half. However, Bayern once again fought back and equalised through Josip Stanisic, who had scored the only goal of the game in the win over Kawasaki Frontale, setting up a grandstand finale which Tuchel's side edge thanks to a last-minute wonder-goal from 20-year-old reserve team player Frans Krätzig.

Watch: The best of Bayern's Asia tour

Match stats

  • Bayern's most effective attacking player last term was Jamal Musiala, who scored 12 and laid on another 10 as the Bavarians won the Bundesliga.
  • Sadio Mane had seven goals and five assists from 25 games - 18 of them starts - for Bayern after arriving from Liverpool last summer.
  • Mane's former teammate Mo Salah was Liverpool's deadliest player with 19 goals and 12 assists in the Premier League.
  • Bayern are record 33-time German champions. Liverpool have taken the English title 19 times, second only to Manchester United's 20.
  • France centre-backs Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate - now of Bayern and Liverpool respectively - are former RB Leipzig teammates.
  • Bayern coach Tuchel previously succeeded his Liverpool counterpart Klopp as manager at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.


Liverpool: Allison - Alexander-Arnold (Tsimikas 62'), Matip (Konate 46'), Van Dijk (Quansah 75'), Robertson (Gomez 62') - Mac Allister (Diaz 46'), Jones (Clark 75'), Szoboszlai (McConnel 75') - Salah (Doak 75'), Gakpo (Elliott 62'), Jota (Nunez 46')
Unused subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Mrozek, Scanlon, Koumas, Frauendorf
Out: -
Jürgen Klopp 

Bayern: Sommer (Ulreich 46') - Pavard (Mazraoui 61'), Upamecano (Stanisic 61'), Kim (De Ligt 46'), Davies (Krätzig 61') - Kimmich (Pavlovic 69'), Laimer (Goretzka 61') - Sane (Coman 46'), Musiala (Gravenberch 61'), Gnabry (Ibrahimovic 61') - Tel (Sarr 69')
Unser subs: Hülsmann, Tikvic
Out: Choupo-Moting (knee), Guerreiro (calf), Müller (hip), Neuer (broken leg)
Thomas Tuchel

As it happened

4 - 3

(2 - 2)

Pre-season National Stadium, Singapore
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FULL-TIME Bayern 4-3 Liverpool

Bayern come from behind to beat Liverpool 4-3 in Singapore.
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Bayern 4-3 Liverpool

Mazraoui nearly adds gloss to the scoreline but Alisson saves his volley.
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Bayern 4-3 Liverpool

Frans Krätzig is the unlikely hero for Bayern! The youngster lets the ball bounce once before thumping a first-time finish into the far side of Alisson's goal. If that's the winner, it's a worthy one!

Bayern 3-3 Liverpool

Liverpool are off the hook. Kimmich got round the back and Gravenberch was ready to poke home, but the ball was cleared at the last.

Bayern 3-3 Liverpool

Both teams continue to probe but this one is heading towards penalties.

Bayern 3-3 Liverpool

Ulreich stops Nunez from point-blank range.

GOAL: Bayern 3-3 Liverpool

Bayern restore parity! Stanisic is on hand to poke home De Ligt's parried header. The youngster's second goal in as many games.

Bayern 2-3 Liverpool

Clark has a first-time shot at Ulreich but the Bayern keeper is equal to it.

GOAL: Bayern 2-3 Liverpool

Luis Diaz fires Liverpool back in front.

Bayern 2-2 Liverpool

Salah slips Darwin Nunez in for a chance but he hits the side-netting.

Bayern 2-2 Liverpool

Joshua Kimmich is the next to try his luck at the other end, but his shot is comfortably collected.

Bayern 2-2 Liverpool

Former Leipzig man Szoboszlai find space on the edge of the box but he can't find the power to test Ulreich.

Bayern 2-2 Liverpool

Musiala scoops the ball forward for Coman but the Frenchman fires his subsequent effort straight at Alisson.

Bayern 2-2 Liverpool

Brilliant skill from Coman on the right, turning on the jets before cutting back to leave Robertson grounded. His cross comes to nothing, though.

Bayern changes

Thomas Tuchel made three changes for Bayer at the break: Kingsley Coman replaces Leroy Sane, Matthijs de Ligt is on for Kim min-jae, while Sven Ulreich is now in goal with Yann Sommer making way.

Second half kick-off: Bayern 2-2 Liverpool

Bayern finished the first half well. Can they pull clear in the second?

HALF-TIME Bayern 2-2 Liverpool

Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane have pulled Bayern back onto level terms after Liverpool took the lead through Cody Gakpo and Virgil van Dijk. Game on!

GOAL: Bayern 2-2 Liverpool

Serge Gnabry cuts back for Leroy Sane who steers home the equaliser!

GOAL: Bayern 1-2 Liverpool

Serge Gnabry pulls a brilliant goal back, latching onto Kim Min-jae's long ball forward and dancing past his marker before steering home beyond Alisson.

GOAL: Bayern 0-2 Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk rises highest to meet Andy Robertson's corner and head Liverpool into a 2-0 lead.

Bayern 0-1 Liverpool

Serge Gnabry tries his luck from a tight angle but Yan Sommer is equal to it.

15' Bayern 0-1 Liverpool

Bayern have dominated possession since Liverpool opened the scoring, but an equaliser eludes them for now.

11' CHANCE: Bayern 0-1 Liverpool

Benjamin Pavard heads off the post with goal at his mercy! That should have been the leveller. Good period of pressure from Bayern.

9' Bayern 0-1 Liverpool

Jamal Musiala puts Liverpool on the back foot with a trademark dribble. Virgil van Dijk nicks it off his toe for a corner.

7' Bayern 0-1 Liverpool

Alphonso Davies storms forward from left-back but Liverpool get back to recover the danger.

2' GOAL: Bayern 0-1 Liverpool

Cody Gakpo fires Liverpool into an early lead.

2' GOAL: Bayern 0-1 Liverpool

Cody Gakpo fires Liverpool into an early lead.


Bayern Munich and Liverpool are underway at Singapore's National Stadium.


Virgil van Dijk leads Liverpool out having succeeded Jordan Henderson as captain. Alisson returns in goal as one of four changes as Jürgen Klopp turns his team towards something approaching full-strength. Former RB Leipzig man Dominik Szob0szlai is a familiar face to Bundesliga fans.


Mathys Tel comes in to lead the line with Serge Gnabry moving back to the flank, with Kinsgsley Coman on the bench. Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-Jae are paired for the first time at centre-back while Yann Sommer continues to deputise for the injured Manuel Neuer.

Watch: Highlights of Bayern's friendly win over Kawasaki Frontale in Tokyo

Tuchel hails attacking department

"Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman have shown their value to Bayern," said Tuchel at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. "After the departure of Robert Lewandowski, the responsibility for goals was shared across more shoulders. They work hard for the team. We have a lot of options, Jamal Musiala and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting can also play on the wings. We train on our principles, a very important part of which is what happens after losing the ball. They're the first who initiate the pressing."

Watch: The best of Szoboszlai in the Bundesliga in 2022723


Friends reunited

Konrad Laimer swapped Leipzig for Bayern this summer, meaning he will face former teammate Dominik Szoboszlai for the first time - the Hungarian likewise left the Red Bull Arena last month to join Liverpool.

Big-name absentees

First-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is making good progress as he recovers from a leg break, but he is not yet ready to play and has not featured in any of the team's summer friendlies so far. Meanwhile, Thomas Müller and Raphael Guerreiro both missed the trip to Asia through injury in order to work on their recoveries back in Munich.

Watch: Bayern fever in the Far East!

Mixed results so far

Bayern began pre-season training on 13 July, so are still only a couple of weeks in. They have played three friendlies thus far, starting out with a 27-0 thrashing of Rottach-Egern back in Germany. That was followed by a narrow 2-1 defeat by reigning European champions Manchester City and then a 1-0 win over Kawasaki Frontale in Tokyo.

Watch: All of Mane's goals and assists in the Bundesliga

Mane departs

Tuesday marked the end of a year-long spell in Germany for Sadio Mane, whose transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr was confirmed. The Senegalese attacker registered seven goals and five assists across 25 Bundesliga outings for Bayern, helping them win the Meisterschale for an 11th successive year.

Tuchel excited

Thomas Tuchel is excited to be in Singapore. The Bayern coach previously succeeded his Liverpool counterpart Jürgen Klopp in charge at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

Welcome along!

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