Riyad Mahrez ankle injury leaves Pep Guardiola 'concerned'

Manchester City 1 Liverpool 2 Salah scores on return as Mane nets 94th-min penalty

Liverpool, who could be City's biggest rivals in the defence of their Premier League crown, were able to welcome back Mohamed Salah, Saido Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum for their first minutes for the win at the MetLife Stadium.

The Egypt forward, who scored 44 goals in 52 games for the Reds last season, equalised Leroy Sane's second-half goal barely a minute after coming on as a substitute in front of a 52,000 crowd.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: "I was not anxious about the pitch, I was more anxious for the pitch - we killed it completely". He is in that moment but he has absolutely no issues, I was not concerned about it otherwise he wouldn't have played.

Manchester City have not had the easiest of tasks in conducting their business, despite the £60m signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, the champions did miss out on the signing of Jorginho to Chelsea. "The first 75 minutes, against this team which fought for the Champions League last season, I am so, so proud".

Niko Kovac admits he faces a long road to be considered as successful at Bayern Munich as one-time mentor and current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. I hate to work with people who are not respectful to their team-mates, or the manager, or the club.

His replacement Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back before 19-year-old Lukas Nmecha poked home the equaliser, Silva netting the victor from 15 yards. "You saw the difference when Sadio came on".

However, Salah - the reigning Premier League Golden Boot victor and Player of the Year - showed no signs of discomfort after scoring within a minute of his introduction. We have just four or five days to prepare for the first final (Community Shield) so we have to adapt.

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"I saw many good things", he added.

Pre-season friendlies are all about gaining fitness and getting minutes under the belt for players and that's exactly what Salah needs after his disappointment at the World Cup.

City manager Guardiola, however, could not be prouder of the record-setting Premier League champions post-match.

"It was nice as he had a conversation with my brother and me, where we learned a lot".

"We came here with a lot of young players and new players".

"We don't think about that, we just try to make the best of it".

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