Photos: Liverpool secure 2-0 pre-season win over AC Milan

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Liverpool sealed a positive result in the second clash of their pre-season tour of the US, defeating AC Milan 2-0.

After a disappointing loss to Chelsea at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds looked to get their summer preparations back on track against Vincenzo Montella’s Milan.

Lining his side up in an attack-heavy 4-3-3 formation, Klopp saw the results, as Liverpool dominated their Serie A opposition throughout.

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day ten of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Levi's Stadium. Back row L-R: Dejan Lovren, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan, Daniel Sturridge Philippe Coutinho Correia, James Milner. Front row L-R: Georginio Wijnaldum, captain Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Simon Mignolet returning to start in goal, the Belgian organised a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and James Milner.

Jordan Henderson sat deepest in a three-man midfield, with Adam Lallana and debutant Georginio Wijnaldum providing support for attacking trio Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge.

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)

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane 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)

Summer signings Wijnaldum and Mane both looked bright in the first half, combining well with Sturridge to create some promising openings.

It was Wijnaldum’s powerful, third-man ran that saw Sturridge into space on the left flank, with the striker’s right-footed shot blocked on 29 minutes.

Meanwhile, Mane should have scored on 41 minutes, firing at the goalkeeper after a bright passage of play involving Lallana and Coutinho.

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after the 2-0 victory over 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)

At the other end of the pitch, Mignolet kept things solid at the back, impressing with a composed display following injury to new goalkeeper Loris Karius.

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's Divock Origi scores the first 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)

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the first 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)

Liverpool didn’t break the deadlock until 59 minutes, however, after a number of changes from Klopp at half-time.

Controlling a long pass from Alberto Moreno, Divock Origi put the Reds ahead with the first goal of their US tour, switching the ball onto his right foot to evade Gabriel Paletta before firing it into the corner of the goal.

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)

Fellow substitute Roberto Firmino made it 2-0 shortly after, making up for another Origi strike being ruled offside by sliding home Sheyi Ojo‘s cross.

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo 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)

Ojo’s pace, power and attacking verve provided a key reason for optimism, with the 19-year-old winger underlining his credentials ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the 2-0 victory over 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)

Klopp can be happy with the way his Liverpool side overwhelmed Milan throughout, and can now hope to continue his fine work against AS Roma on August 2.

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

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

With the likes of Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and Mamadou Sakho poised to return after injury, Klopp now has an excellent group of players to choose from.

If Sunday’s victory over Milan is anything to go by, Liverpool can be a strong force this season.



 

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