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Liverpool boss salutes Reds duo after win

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish paid tribute to Charlie Adam and Conor Coady after the pair enjoyed big days in their Liverpool careers.

Adam, signed by the Reds for £8.5 million last week, made his debut in the second-half against Guangdong Sunray Cave, while academy graduate Coady scored his first goal for the club during the 4-3 victory in China.

"It was good to see Conor Coady score his first goal and for Charlie to make his debut. To score four goals is obviously a bonus but it's only our first game and there's lots of work still to do," said the Scot in his post-match press conference.

"It was a really good work out for us in very difficult conditions. We were disappointed to concede the goals at the end of both halves, but the main thing is that the lads got a run out and it's good that they all played 45 minutes without picking up any injuries."

David Ngog had a goal disallowed for the Reds on 15 minutes, but Christian Pulsen would open the scoring four minutes later when he connected with a Joe Cole cross.

The Reds doubled their lead two minutes later when Frenchman Ngog broke through after some fine passing play from Cole and Jonjo Shelvey, this time beating the flag to make it 2-0.




 

After another Ngog striker was ruled out, Ricardo struck against the run of play for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, giving the fans in China something to cheer about during the hotly contested friendly.

Dalglish made 11 changes at the break, with Coady and Adam both introduced into the fray alongside £35 million January signing Andy Carroll.

It was Coady who made it 3-1 with a stunning finish on 74 minutes, and five minutes from time the Reds struck again when Carroll took advantage of some poor defending from the hosts.

Injury time goals from Lu Lin and Yin Hongbo gave the scoreline a respectable feel, but it was a convincing win for the Merseysiders and Dalglish was delighted to get a win under the belt in the first match on the Asia tour.

"We've had a fantastic reception in China. It's nice to come here and let fans get closer to Liverpool Football Club," he continued post-match.

"It's important to keep doing it in the future because you could see tonight how much it meant to everyone in the stadium. The support was fantastic. Now we are looking forward to seeing the welcome we get when we arrive in Malaysia in the early hours."

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