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Liverpool’s intense display against Bayern Munich is not a surprise, despite the humid conditions in which the match was played Thomas Tuchel said

Thomas Tuchel admitted Liverpool’s intense display against Bayern Munich came as no surprise, despite the humid conditions in which the match was played.

Liverpool and Bayern met in Singapore yesterday, with the latter finishing top of the table 4-3 despite trailing by two goals early in the match.

The Bundesliga giants answered this early setback with goals from Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane before getting past Alisson twice more towards the end of the game.

The Reds were unbeaten in pre-season up to this match and will wonder how they ended up on the losing side after such a strong start to this friendly.

To Bayern’s credit, they showed fighting spirit to remain competitive in a game that had little to ride but pride.

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Indeed, Tuchel was delighted with the reaction from his players, in a game which he recognized would always prove to be a real test for his side’s progress ahead of the season.

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“It’s a really good end to ten grueling days [in Asia], it was very challenging.

Today they took a huge step forward: the performance was good, the result was very good and it was a deserved result against one of the best teams of Europe.

I am very happy that our players can show a performance like this and put an exclamation mark at the end of this tour” he said after the final whistle.

The former Chelsea manager explained why it’s always difficult to play against Liverpool, continuing: “It was a real away game and we expected that.

There are many Liverpool fans in Singapore and Malaysia.

The intensity did not surprise me. It was maybe a bit more difficult for us because they started earlier [in pre-season] and will start the season earlier.

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It was important not to be too shy and to stand up and accept the fight. When you play at Liverpool, it’s always an intense game. You can’t expect anything else.

“This match showed that we are on the right track. Against Liverpool you can only win if you play as a team and overcome the difficult moments.

The way the match went was more difficult than it already was because we went down 2- 0 and he’s always very physical against Liverpool,

so we stood up, fought and never gave up our discipline and courage.”

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