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Reds draw in Canada

22 Jul 2012 07:46:56

Reds draw in Canada

Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge of Liverpool resulted in a 1-1 friendly draw with Major League Soccer side Toronto in Canada.

The hosts took a 58th-minute lead through Quincy Amarikwa but Liverpool equalised 11 minutes later through Adam Morgan following good work by the lively Raheem Sterling as honours finished even at the Rogers Centre.

Rodgers, who was without a host of senior players for various reasons, named a mixture of youth and experience for Liverpool's opening pre-season match and made wholesale changes at half-time - 23 Reds players featured in the game.

Alberto Aquilani and Joe Cole, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan and Lille respectively, both saw action, while Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva was sent on as a 75th-minute replacement for his first appearance since damaging cruciate ligaments in November.

The first half saw Liverpool dominate possession but without causing too much damage going forward, while Reds goalkeeper Brad Jones was called on to tip wide a shot from Ryan Johnson early on.

Jones was replaced by Peter Gulacsi as one of 11 Liverpool changes at the interval and the Hungarian was beaten just before the hour as the tourists fell behind.

Andrew Wiedeman's low shot from the edge of the box was parried by Gulacsi and new Toronto signing Amarikwa was quickest to the loose ball to slot home.

Liverpool's Spanish youngster Suso showed great skill in th 65th minute to fashion a shooting chance but his curling left-footed shot was saved fairly comfortably by Toronto goalkeeper Quillan Roberts.

Rodgers' men were back on level terms four minutes later, though, when Sterling cleverly worked his way into the box before rolling a low shot past Roberts and Morgan was on hand to drill the ball home from close range.

Both sides had half-chances in the final 10 minutes but Gulacsi and Roberts were equal to efforts from Wiedeman and Suso, respectively.


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