Liverpool picked up their second win from two pre-season games after Brisbane Roar pushed the visitors hard on their way to a 2-1 victory.
The visitors seemed taken aback by the energy Brisbane brought to the friendly, and the home side thoroughly deserved their opener through Dimitri Petratos, as Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho left the forward acres of space.
Liverpool did not look like crafting a leveller but a moment of brilliance from Adam Lallana, who picked up the ball on the left corner of the area before curling it into the far post, gave them it. The visitors went into the tunnel with a scarcely deserved draw at half-time but were much the better in the second period.
Goalkeeper Jamie Young, who saved excellently from Ings in the first half, was the most impressive player on the park and he was as helpless for Liverpool’s second as he was the equaliser. He had James Milner’s effort comfortably covered before it deflected over him and into the net.
The game died down as both sides made a raft of changes but Brendan Rodgers will likely be pleased to have come through such a surprisingly competitive encounter.
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Simon Mignolet: Could perhaps have done better when beaten by Petratos at his near post. Otherwise he proved himself to be a solid shot-stopper who would be grateful not to be tested in the air. 6
Nathaniel Clyne: Less impressive than his colleague on the left, he found himself having to cover the dangerous combination of Broich and Petratos, a task that was at times too much for him. 5
Martin Skrtel: Though he was never the quickest he seems to have returned from his holidays off the pace and struggled to live with a Brisbane attack that kept the ball on the floor. 5
Mamadou Sakho: The French defender seemed to be switched off for most of the opening period, making a series of mistakes that culminated in him losing his man for the first goal. 5
Joe Gomez: An impressive appearance from the youngster, who seemed to be the only Liverpool player with any purpose when they went a goal down. Must work on his weaker foot if Rodgers intends to play him as a left back. 8
Lucas Leiva: Another who looked marginally of the pace, when his colleagues consistently seemed to leave the ball short of him you have to ask whether it was the midfielder’s fault. 5
James Milner: On the left of the diamond he combined neatly with Gomez and Lallana to start most of Liverpool’s most dangerous moves. Seems well-suited to a central role. 7
Jordan Henderson: A quiet game from the captain, who seemed to shrink under the surprise pressure that came from Brisbane. As Liverpool settled he impressed further, displaying a strong passing range from deep. 6
Adam Lallana: The creative hub of Rodgers’ side may have got lucky with his goal but it was a deserved reward for an energetic, creative performance. 7
Danny Ings: A tough day for the new signing, with his first touch consistently letting him down in goalscoring areas. Kicking the ball into his own face summed up a disappointing game. 5
Divock Origi: The young striker looked raw but gifted, finding his best success when he dropped deep to find space to turn and run. Struggled to create changes when the ball was played to him with his back to goal. 6
Kolo Toure: For once his introduction seemed to reassure Liverpool’s defence. Playing a deep sweeping role he twice cleaned up when he was the last man. 6
Jordon Ibe: Brought drive, energy and an exciting attitude from the bench, going close with an ambitious effort from the left touchline. 7
Joe Maguire: A less ambitious presence than Gomez going forward but he showed defensive solidity as Brisbane chased an equaliser. 6
Ryan Kent: A deeper forward than Origi, he passed the ball neatly but never looked like creating a chance. 5
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