Goals from Adam Lallana and James Milner gave Liverpool a hard-fought 2-1 victory in Brisbane in the latest match of their pre-season tour.
Here’s what Mark Jones made of it:
Adam Lallana Is Getting In The Goalscoring Mood, And He Needs To Stay In It
If you had to describe Liverpool’s 2014/15 season in a player then it might well be Adam Lallana – there were occasional flashes of quality but overall you were left disappointed with the end product.
There were signs of life from the Englishman towards the end of the campaign though, and as he scored his second pre-season goal in two games here there was another example of just what he can do.
Getting goals from the likes of Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino is going to be crucial for Liverpool in the new season if too much pressure isn’t going to be heaped on the huge shoulders of likely new arrival Christian Benteke, and although we know that Lallana’s game always looks good, it’s time he backed it up with some numbers.
James Milner Already Looks At Home
He scored the winner – his first goal for Liverpool – and so he’s inevitably going to get some attention, but James Milner’s role in this Reds team is already a clearly defined one, and he looks as though he’s been there for years already.
Barring injuries, you’d think that Milner could well end up playing pretty much every minute of every game for his new side in the coming season, with his energy levels and influence in the centre of the field proving crucial.
His goal may have been a little fortunate, but there’s no doubt he earned it.
The Signs Are Good For Joe Gomez
Everything you read here might need to come with the suffix ‘it was only a pre-season friendly’, but the stylish way with which 18-year-old summer arrival Joe Gomez went about his business for 61 minutes only augurs well for Liverpool’s future. And by that we mean the immediate future.
Gomez was seemingly earmarked for a loan move away almost before he’d even completed his transfer from Charlton Athletic, but playing out of position at left-back he looked to have a calmness and assurance which plenty of the players in that position last season lacked (Glen Johnson, Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique, we’re looking at you).
Brendan Rodgers would surely only sanction a loan switch if he felt that Gomez had nothing to offer his squad this season, and right now that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Danny Ings & Divock Origi Add Depth, But Aren’t Starters
If Benteke is to arrive and the expected striking departures happen then we’ll start to see a very clear hierarchy amongst Liverpool’s forwards, with Danny Ings and Divock Origi acting as Nos. 3 and 4 in the pecking order behind the new arrival and Daniel Sturridge.
The fact that the pair can operate in different positions will aid them in their quest for minutes in the team, but it would be a surprise to see either one starting too many matches once both of Liverpool’s preferred front two are available.
Ings was lively here, will run all day even in pre-season and certainly looks to be a clever addition, and whilst Origi is clearly raw there is a talent there.
The two already look better suited to Rodgers’ needs than then men they’ll effectively replace.
Brisbane Did Themselves Credit
If this is to be judged as an evaluation of the A-League’s quality against the Premier League’s, then Bisbane Roar certainly did themselves proud.
Coach John Aloisi is a familiar face to British audiences, and his team put up and good fight and probably ruined a few betting slips with Dimitri Petratos’s well-taken opener.
If Liverpool and Rodgers wanted a good test in pre-season, they got one.
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