Adelaide United 0 x 2 Liverpool FC

Liverpool players celebrate James Milner's second half goal.

Liverpool have ended their two-match Australian tour with a 2-0 win over Adelaide United with two of their new summer signings scoring the goals.

The tireless James Milner and late substitute Danny Ings with the second half goals to confirm the win for the Reds.

After Friday night’s 2-1 over Brisbane Roar, Liverpool struggled to break down their A-League opponents in front of around 53,008 fans at a chilly Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide keeper Eugene Galekovic kept out Adam Lallana’s brilliant long-range shot on 58 minutes with a fine save.

But the EPL outfit made the breakthrough on 66 minutes with Milner recording his second goal for the Reds downunder.

Jordan Henderson fed Jordan Ibe who motored down the right side of Adelaide’s defence and his low cross was turned in by Brendan Rodgers’ summer signing.

United’s Tarek Elrich had a great chance to equalise minutes later but his shot from distance brushed the post.

But new signing Ings opened his account when he was put through before rounding Galekovic and coolly slotting home to settle the result 2-0.

Key points

**Liverpool started with Ibe, Lovren and Allen

**Milner played for just over 70 minutes; Ings came on for the last 22 minutes

** Ex-Wanderer Iacopo La Rocca and former Southampton trainee George Mells made their debuts as late subs for the home side

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Brisbane Roar FC 1 x 2 Liverpool FC

Liverpool FC players celebrate James Milner's winner against Brisbane.
Brisbane Roar more than matched Liverpool but the Reds came out on top to open their Aussie tour with a 2-1 win in an entertaining clash at Suncorp Stadium.

The Hyundai A-League outfit opened the scoring after 16 minutes thanks to striker Dimi Petratos. But the Reds responded 10 minutes later after Adam Lallana curled a superb shot from inside the box.

A second half strike to James Milner proved decisive for the Reds against a gallant Roar side under new coach John Aloisi.

With skipper Matt McKay missing Aloisi handed the captain’s armband to Jade North plus gave a start to new signing Jamie Maclaren up top.

The visitors in their change kit of all white put out a strong side featuring new signings Divock Origi and Danny Ings with Jordan Henderson skippering the Reds in the centre of the park as a new post Steven Gerrard era began.

After a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone, belted out by a 50,000 plus crowd almost totally in red, proceedings got underway on a chilly night in the Queensland capital.

 

And it was Milner with the first clear effort, a stinging low drive that fizzed low past Jamie Young’s post.

The Reds were on top early but Roar looked well-organised and took the lead on 16 minutes. Petratos finishing off good lead up work down by Brandon Borrello to drift into the box and slot the opener past Simon Mignolet’s right glove.

The visitors responded immediately. Three raids on Roar’s goal came sharply, Danny Ings with the best chance but Jamie Young got down brilliantly to deny the new Reds signing.

Brisbane couldn’t hold though on as Adam Lallana brilliantly cut inside the box and with space and time curled an unstoppable right footer past the former Reading keeper.

Milner crunched Luke Brattan with a late challenge that showed the feeling in the clash as Japanese ref let it go with just a warning.

Ings was looking the most lively of the attacking options while 18-year-old former Charlton defender Joe Gomez showed what a canny signing he might be with his raids from deep.

Borrello had a chance to restore the lead but the youngster prodded his shot tamely at Mignolet with the goal in his sight.

But Liverpool should’ve been 2-1 up themselves on the verge of half-time as Mamadou Sakho powerfully met Milner’s corner, but Brattan headed away from underneath the crossbar.

The sides went in at 1-1 after a surprisingly up-tempo first 45 minutes.

Liverpool kept the same 11 on the park till the hour mark before a slew of substitutions came for both sides.

Kolo Toure receiving the biggest ovation when he came on. Jordan Ibe, Joe Maguire and Ryan Kent also coming on for Sakho, Gomez, Lallana and Origi.

Young was again the hero saving another certain goal this time from Henderson who was fed by the excellent Ings.

And up the other end, the flamboyant Devante Clut smashed a long-range rocket just inches over Mignolet’s goal.

The lively Ibe with a similarly stinging shot over the bar was starting to prove a handful.

The Reds were turning the screws and with 20 minutes to go were looking the most likely as Leiva made way for Jordan Rossiter.

And sure enough Milner found space outside the box driving into space before his slightly deflected shot deceived Young.

 

Ibe down the left of Liverpool’s front line was causing all sorts of problems for a tiring Brisbane side with his direct running inside the box. He once again brought out the best in Young with another stinging drive.

Roar still pushed on desperate for an equaliser and with Rickie Lambert on for the Reds it was end-to-end stuff.

But the Reds held on to record a first win of this two-match tour.

Liverpool now head to South Australia to face Adelaide United on Monday night.

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John Aloisi has Brisbane Roar focused for Liverpool FC

Brisbane Roar ramped up their pre-season preparations on Monday as Liverpool FC flew into Thailand to start their Tour of Asia and Australia without England striker Raheem Sterling.

Sterling was named on Sunday in the Reds’ 30-man touring squad but did not board the chartered aircraft for the team’s 12-hour overnight flight to Bangkok.

Media reports have linked the 20-year-old Sterling to a £49 million ($A102 million) move to Manchester City, who coincidentally are currently training on the Gold Coast ahead of next week’s International Champions Cup in Melbourne.

Despite the international football spotlight about to swing on Brisbane when the Reds arrive on Wednesday, Roar Head Coach John Aloisi has kept his players firmly focused on their own training ahead of Friday night’s huge game against Liverpool FC at Suncorp Stadium.

A 90-minute session in brisk windy conditions today concluded with a spirited 11-on-11 workout in which the Roar players fine-tuned new formations introduced by Aloisi.

“We are doing things a little bit different,” Aloisi said.

“We still want to dominate possession and dominate the opposition but there are a few things that have changed and we need to put them in place now to build a base to work on for the whole pre-season.

“As exciting as it is to be playing Liverpool, it also is important to use this game as preparation for the Wanderers (FFA Cup) game (on Tuesday, 11 August).”

Aloisi confirmed that the Roar’s new signing Olyroo Jamie Maclaren will make his debut for the club at some stage of Friday’s friendly, which has unlimited substitutions.

“Jamie is looking good, he has already settled in with the group,” Aloisi said.

“He will definitely have a role (on Friday night), he will play some minutes . . . I’m just not sure how many yet.”

But the Roar will be without goalkeeper Michael Theo who is still strengthening his wrist after a final operation six weeks ago to remove the plate that was inserted when the wrist was broken in training last October.

That provides a glorious opportunity for one of the Young Roar keepers – possibly Tom Bilic or Denver Crickmore – to come into the squad as back up for Jamie Young in the Liverpool game.

Liverpool FC flew out of Britain on Sunday evening on a flight specially configured to give each player a sleeping pod. Video of their departure is on LiverpoolFC.com .Midfielder Lucas Leiva said the Tour would be an eye-opener for the club’s new signings – including Danny Ings, James Milner, Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne – who are yet to get a glimpse of the size of the club’s international fanbase.

“Over there (in Asia and Australia) they will have an idea about what Liverpool is about,” he told LiverpoolFC.com .”When you travel so far away from Liverpool and get that reception . . . it just makes you realise how big the club is in terms of the amount of fans. Anywhere in the world you go, you get a good reception.”

Lucas also underlined the importance of using the pre-season campaign to help the recent arrivals adapt quickly to their new surroundings.

“Of course we lost a lot of important players but the players that are coming, they will try to not replace them but try to adapt to our squad and perform the way they did at their previous club,” he said.

The Reds’ touring party also includes former player and fan favourite Gary McAllister, who late last week was named as the club’s new first-team coach.

The Liverpool FC touring squad is:  Simon Mignolet, Adam Bogdan, Ryan Fulton, Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Kolo Toure, Andre Wisdom, Daniel Cleary, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Joe Maguire, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva, James Milner, Pedro Chirivella, Jordan Rossiter, Joao Carlos Teixeira, Jordan Ibe, Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo, Harry Wilson, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Danny Ings, Rickie Lambert, Divock Origi.

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James Milner gets a feel for Liverpool’s Melwood training base.

James Milner gets a feel for Liverpool's Melwood training base.
Liverpool recruit James Milner has endorsed the Reds upcoming tour of Australia as the perfect opportunity to forge an understanding with his new teammates.

The Merseyside club are set to depart on their pre-season tour on Sunday, with matches scheduled against Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United on 17 and 20 July.

Milner, who was signed by manager Brendan Rogers on a free transfer during the off-season, said the experience would bode well for all of the squad’s new faces ahead of some tough away trips to open the new Premier League campaign.

“It is an important time regardless, but especially as a new player coming in and for new signings. You spend that much time together,” Milner told LFCTour.com

“You are only together for two weeks but I think because you spend that much time training and travelling, and you are with each other for every minute of the day, you feel like you have known your teammates for months rather than just weeks, spending that much time together.

“You want that base fitness and getting that confidence and, touch wood, coming through it with no injuries. It is a really important time and a time that the whole season is based on.”

Liverpool received a spectacular reception when they last travelled to Australia two years ago, playing Melbourne Victory in front of over 95,000 fans at the MCG.

With the Reds’ squad having undergone a sizeable transformation since then Milner said visiting places such as Australia reinforced the stature of a club like Liverpool for its new signings and was a great chance to connect with their global fanbase.

“I’m pretty aware of how big the club is,” the 29-year-old said. “Speaking to other people as well, you don’t really realise the size of the club until you go abroad and go to the Far East and these sorts of places and see the reaction.”

“I have never been to Australia, so it will be nice. It is a bit of a long way but I have never been so I am looking forward to going there.

“Obviously we’ve got a big following in England but you don’t realise how many people watch the Premier League every single week until you go out there and see the fans.”

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