Barcelona’s hopes of claiming the International Champions Cup were shot to pieces by a rampant Liverpool side, inspired by Sadio Mane.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were at their irresistible best against the floundering Liga champions, taking the lead through the brilliant Sadio Mane.
In the second half, a Javier Mascherano own goal against his former club, a Divock Origi strike and a looping stoppage-time Marko Grujic header added to a deserved scoreline that threatened to embarrassLionel Messi and his team-mates.
By the time that Barca got to grips with Liverpool’s dynamic attacking play, the game – and the tournament – was beyond them, handing Paris Saint-Germain the title.
Sturridge’s former strike partner Luis Suarez started for Barca, who also made three alterations to the side that beat Leicester City, bringing in Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Mascherano and Sergio Busquets
This was the Spanish side’s first appearance under the arch since dominating the 2011 Champions League final, but they were less commanding early on here, with Georginio Wijnaldum‘s stab deflected wide inside the opening minute.
Barca had to wait until halfway through the opening period for their first chance, but, when it came, Messi thumped against the far post.
With Luis Enrique‘s men starting to turn the screw, though, a combination of Simon Mignolet andJames Milner were required to twice keep Arda Turan from finding the net, batting away his quickfire efforts.
A frantic first half continued as Philippe Coutinho fired over and Mignolet did brilliantly to block Suarez’s drive.
Liverpool started the second period in fine fashion, too, quickly doubling their lead. Mane this time turned provider, centreing for Mascherano to bundle the ball into his own net under pressure fromJordan Henderson.
With Klopp’s side running riot, Firmino and Mane both curled wide, although a number of Barca substitutions eventually stemmed the flow of red-shirted attacks.
Barca could find no way through and Grujic looped in a stunning late header to complete the rout.
Luis Enrique’s side must now hope for an improved display in the Supercopa de Espana against Sevilla, while Liverpool start their Premier League campaign at Arsenal next weekend.