Liverpool 2-0 AC Milan: Origi and Firmino goals provide pre-season win

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Liverpool enjoyed a comfortable pre-season outing with a 2-0 win over AC Milan courtesy of second-half goals from Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool 2-0 AC Milan

Pre-Season 2016/17
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Goals: Origi (59), Firmino (72)

In-Brief

  • Reds sport their new ‘toxic thunder’ kit for first time
  • First appearance for new signing Wijnaldum
  • Milner plays left-back
  • Klopp opts for 4-3-3 shape
  • First pre-season starts for Milner, Henderson, Lallana and Sturridge
  • First pre-season action for Origi and Clyne
  • Origi, Ojo impress

Jurgen Klopp named a much stronger lineup than against Chelsea in the week, able to start four of the England Euros players and new signing Giorginio Wijnaldum.

The Reds lined up a 4-3-3 shape, with Wijnaldum operating along with Adam Lallana ahead of Jordan Henderson.

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum in action against AC Milan during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day ten of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Levi's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner started at left-back, after it was revealed Klopp intends to use him as full-back cover this season.

Half-time saw six changes, with Divock Origi getting his first minutes of pre-season, along with Nathaniel Clyne.

Origi made a quick impact, receiving the ball before turning inside to beat former Red Gabriel Paletta and fire a controlled shot into the far corner past the keeper.

Liverpool were in control and Firmino made it 2-0 when he slid in at the far post after good work from sub Sheyi Ojo on the right side.

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the second goal against AC Milan during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day ten of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Levi's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ojo was particularly impressive on the right side of attack, with Liverpool moving to 4-2-3-1 in the second half.

First half XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Sturridge.

Second half XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren (Wisdom 75), Klavan ( Randall 75), Moreno, Stewart, Milner (Ojo 62), Henderson (Brannagan 75), Firmino, Markovic, Origi.

 

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