1:15PM BST 16 Jul 2011
Charlie Adam scored his first goal for Liverpool in an entertaining 6-3 victory over a Malaysian XI. Adam is the only one of Kenny Dalglish's four summer signings to have made the club's tour of Asia and scored Liverpool 's opener - a twice-taken penalty - in front of 84,000 in the Bukit Jalil Stadium.
David Ngog and Maxi Rodriguez each found the net twice against a side ranked 144th in the world, although Malaysia brought the score back to 4-3 before Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt strolled through some nondescript defending.
With Kenny Dalglish having returned to England to finalise Stewart Downing's £20m transfer from Aston Villa, Steve Clarke will take Liverpool to Singapore for an open training session today before they return to England to play Hull. The heat and humidity on Humberside will be rather less testing than it was in Guangzhou and Kuala Lumpur, where in two games Liverpool scored 10 and conceded six.
'It was a proud moment when I joined this club from Blackpool and it is a proud moment to actually score,' said Adam. 'But it was a difficult match with the humidity; it was only my second 45 minutes of pre-season and I have to work to get my fitness levels up. The main aim is to be ready for Sunderland on August 13, which is when we will be judged.'
Liverpool's owner, John W Henry, who has been following the tour from the United States, suggested that both Ngog, who scored three times in two matches, and Alberto Aquilani who had been widely expected to leave Anfield, would remain on Merseyside. Both had been linked with moves to Sunderland while AC Milan were reportedly interested in Aquilani, who spent last season on loan at Juventus.