He also discussed Merino and Rodri, saying Merino was "a great player and with a style of play similar to mine, who can play in a holding role or further forward. I also really like Rodri as a player. There have been great players in the side and more will come in the future," explained the midfielder.
The first half produced only one solid chance when Slovakia's Ondrej Duda tested visiting goalkeeper Darren Randolph in the final minute.
"This is team spirit, solidarity, team football. Everyone has the responsibility to try to win the ball from the opponent and everyone has the condition to create. Sometimes he [Neymar] doesn't score but he provides assists. Football is a team sport. The important thing is that he played a great game."
The 31-year-old Liu shot 13 of 20 from the floor and pocketed 29 points. Xing Jinbo led the Shanxi bench with 16 points. Wu Tongtong and Yu Dong nailed 17 and 13 respectively.
Peru drew 2-2 with Paraguay in their opening South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) qualifier in Asuncion last Thursday. Brazil, meanwhile, routed Bolivia 5-0 in Sao Paulo.
"What I learned at Bayern and what I can stress is the need to train hard. It's something I've always done. But, now, if I have to work three or four times harder than normal, I'll do it. I've been working on my physical fitness and I'm feeling really good. The intensity of the training is something that Bayern take very seriously and you can see that the players benefit from that."
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused the German association and international organizations of being money-driven, neglecting players' and clubs' issues.
A participant takes part in the Water Sports Festival in the Dal Lake in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, Oct. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)
Another game on Friday saw Henan rallied to the end and claimed a 95-90 victory over Zhejiang. Henan center Zhang Lingge scored a game-high 27 points and hauled down 10 rebounds. Enditem
"Daqing is a young team. I will become a full-time coach sooner or later, so it's better this moment arrives at an earlier stage, and I can gain experience through the process," Ji said. Enditem
Among the newcomers are Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz and Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi, both of whom belied their lack of international experience with assured performances at Corinthians Arena.