Brisbane Roar have gone down fighting against English side Liverpool on Friday night, with James Millner’s 75th minute goal enough to separate the two sides.
The majority of the 50k crowd were left silenced after Dimitri Petratos opened the scoring in the 17th minute after some good build up play down the left hand side.
Brandon Borrello’s cut back from the by-line found Petratos on the edge of the area. The attacking midfielder then took a touch past Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel, before placing his shot into the bottom corner of the net past Mingolet.
After going a goal down Liverpool began to assert themselves on the fixture, with a superb one handed save low to his right from Jamie Young all that was to deny Divock Origi his second goal in a week.
Moments later however it was 1-1, with English international Adam Lallana cutting inside from the left past Jack Hingert, before giving Young no chance in the Roar goal by curling his shot into the top corner of the net.
The second half saw the traditional raft of changes, with both sides making a string of changes around the hour mark in order to give both fringe and young players a chance to shine.
Devante Clut, who was amongst those introduced to the game, had the best chance of the second half for the Roar, with his long range shot grazing the top of the net as it went over.
It was however Liverpool with their superior fitness who began to dominate as the second half continued and they got their winner with 15 minutes to play, with new signing James Millner getting his first goal for the club.
There was an element of luck to the goal however, with a cruel deflecting seeing the ball bounce over the head of the onrushing Jamie Young and into the goal.
Brisbane pushed for an equaliser late on, but in truth it never looked likely, with a stoppage time set piece the closest they came to earning what would have been a famous draw.
For the Roar, it’s a first up loss in the reign of John Aloisi, but there were a lot of positive signs to take from the game -particularly the first 45 given the turbulence which has surrounded the club in recent weeks.
There were also some interesting things that happened within the game which could provide some insight into how the new manager plans to re-build the three time A-League champions. More on that in a post to follow.
From Liverpool’s point of view, they weren’t overly convincing tonight, but they got the job done, in large part to the driving force in midfield of Millner and captain Jordan Henderson, whose influence on the game grew as it went on.
The Reds did overrun the Roar in the end due to a gulf in quality, but also in large part to the fact they are much further along in pre-season with the Roar having only began their training a little over 2 weeks ago. Liverpool now travel to Adelaide to take on Josep Gombau’s men on Monday night.
Brisbane: Young, Hingert, North, Donachie, Stefanutto, Brattan, Lustica, Petratos, Borrello, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions: Polenz for Stefanutto (46′), Clut for Brattan (57′), D’Agostino for Maclaren (62′), Bowles for Hingert (72′), Yango for Broich (72′), Brady for Borrello (72′), Hore for Petratos (90′).
Unused Substitutes: Crickmore (GK), Brown, Theodore, Pavlou.
Liverpool: Mingolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Gomez, Henderson, Millner, Levia, Lallana, Ings, Origi.
Substitutions: Maguire for Gomez (62′), Toure for Sakho (62′), Ibe for Lallana (62′), Kent for Origi (62′), Rossiter for Levia (69′), Lambert for Ings (76′).
Unused Substitutes: Bogdan (GK), Lovren, Moreno, Allen, Wisdom, Markovic, Teixeira, Ojo, Wilson, Cleary, Chirivella.
Up next: The pre-season continues for the Roar, with an FFA Cup Round of 32 clash in Penrith against Western Sydney on August 11th looming as the next game on the calendar. There will in all probability be a few games against the local sides in the interim period given that is four weeks from this coming Tuesday.
Those are yet to be officially announced however, and as always we’ll bring you news on that front, in addition to any potential transfer activity here.
This game represents the start of the 2015-16 season for Brisbane, one in which they’ll be looking to produce far better results and performances than last year. It will also be the first game in the John Aloisi era, while Jamie Maclaren will make his debut for Brisbane at some stage.
As mentioned earlier in the week, Brisbane will be without the services of Michael Theo, Luke DeVere and Matt McKay who are either injured (DeVere), rehabbing (Theo) or resting (McKay).
From the Liverpool perspective, this is game two of their pre-season as they look to return to the top four after a 6th placed finish last season. It’s a new looked squad that perhaps is lacking somewhat in star power, but the majority are international players who should still put on a show tomorrow night.
Brisbane Roar squad
2) Jerome Polenz, 3) Shane Stefanutto, 5) Corey Brown, 8) Steven Lustica, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 10) Henrique Silva, 12) Jean Carlos Solórzano, 13) Jade North, 14) Daniel Bowles, 15) James Donachie, 16) Devante Clut, 17) Matt McKay, 18) Luke Brattan, 19) Jack Hingert, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 28) Brandon Borrello, 29) Patrick Theodore, 31) Matthew Schmidt, 33) Luke DeVere, 34) Shannon Brady, 35) Mitchell Hore, 37) Abrahim Yango, 38) Nicholas D’Agostino, 41, Luke Pavlou.
Manager: John Aloisi.
2) Nathaniel Clyne, 4) Kolo Toure, 6) Dejan Lovren, 7) James Milner, 9) Rickie Lambert, 12) Joe Gomez, 14) Jordan Henderson, 17) Mamadou Sakho, 18) Alberto Moreno, 20) Adam Lallana, 21) Lucas Levia, 22) Simon Mingolet, 24) Joe Allen, 27) Divok Origi, 28) Danny Ings, 33) Jordan Ibe, 34) Adam Bogdan, 37) Marin Skrtel, 46) Jordan Rossiter, 47) Andre Wisdom, 50) Lazar Markovic, 53) Joao Carlos Teixeira, 54) Sheyi Ojo, ??) Ryan Fulton, ??) Joe Maguire, ?? Pedro Chirrivella, ??) Harry Wilson, ??) Daniel Cleary.
Manager: Brendan Rodgers.
Down the years Brisbane have done reasonably well, with three wins and two defeats in five encounters, a run which includes a clash against Liverpool’s cross town rivals Everton. Most recently in these international games, it was a 3-0 win to Brisbane in early June against Spanish side Villarreal CF in the LFP World Challenge.
Brisbane’s record in international friendlies
01/07/2007: Queensland Roar (4) -(1) SuperSport United
12/07/2008: Queensland Roar (3) – (1) Palmeiras B
12/07/2009: Brisbane Roar (0) – (3) Celtic FC
17/07/2010: Brisbane Roar (1) – (2) Everton FC
02/06/2015: Brisbane Roar (3) – (0) Villarreal CF
Kick-off tomorrow is at the slightly earlier time of 6.45pm, with Coverage on Go from 6.30pm.
Brisbane will be without experienced trio Michael Theo, Matt McKay and Luke DeVere in Friday night’s clash with Liverpool. Theo is missing the clash as he continues to rehab following the Wrist and Groin injuries which ruined his season last time around, while Matt McKay is being rested after his participation in the Socceroos World Cup qualifier in against Kyrgyzstan last month limited his time off.
DeVere’s situation however is a bit more serious as the defender has been on crutches since being substituted in just the 8th minute of the Villarreal friendly last month. It’s now likely that DeVere will miss almost the entire pre-season, including the FFA Cup Round of 32 clash with Western Sydney, and possibly even the round 1 clash against the same opposition.
In the meantime looking ahead to Friday, new signing Jamie Maclaren will make his first appearance in Brisbane colours against the English side. In addition to Maclaren, experienced players such as Shane Stefanutto, Thomas Broich, Luke Brattan and Henrique are all fit and available for selection in John Aloisi’ first game as Brisbane manager.
There will also likely be a bunch of Brisbane’s younger cubs on display, including the four that Aloisi promoted to the squad last month – Nick D’Agostino, Luke Pavlou, Abrahim Yango and Mitchell Hore-, while with Theo injured and Fraser Chalmers moving on there will be a need for a goalkeeper. Youngsters Denver Crickmore or Tomislav Bilic are in line to back up Jamie Young.
Expected Brisabne Roar squad for Liverpool Friendly
Goalkeepers: Jamie Young, Denver Crickmore, Tomislav Bilic.
Defenders: Jerome Polenz, James Donachie, Jade North, Shane Stefanutto, Jack Hingert, Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown.
Midfielders: Luke Brattan, Steven Lustica, Devante Clut, Thomas Broich, Luke Pavlou, Mitch Hore, Patrick Theodore.
Forwards: Henrique, Jamie Maclaren, Jean Carlos Solórzano, Dimitri Petratos, Brandon Borrello, Shannon Brady, Nick D’Agostino, Abrahim Yango.
Brisbane will take on EPL side Liverpool FC on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium in a which figures to be telling in the direction of both sides. Liverpool for their part will be looking to play themselves into form with Europa League qualifiers on the horizon, while more importantly from a Brisbane perspective it’s the first game of the John Aloisi era after he was appointed head coach in late May.
The game is still six days away, but with the English side about to begin their tour in Thailand, they have announced a travelling party of thirty players for their five game tour of Thailand, Australia, Malaysia and Finland. In addition to the game against Brisbane, Liverpool will play a Thailand Premier League XI on Tuesday, before continuing on to Adelaide on Monday week. Then it’s on to Malaysia to take on a select XI before concluding their tour in Helsinki on August 1st.
The 18 tine English champions have seen key players like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez depart in the past 12 months, but the travelling group still includes players such as captain Jordan Henderson, in addition to established internationals like Simon Mingolet, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.
New signings Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings and James Millner will all travel, as will Raheem Sterling who has stated he wasn’t keen on the trip as he is continually linked with a move away.
Italian international Mario Balotelli will however miss the tour, as will fellow Italian striker Fabio Borini, versatile German Emre Can, defender Jose Enrique and English international Daniel Sturridge. Philippe Coutinho and new signing Roberto Firmino will also miss the tour as they rest after representing Brazil at the recent Copa America.
Touring party for Liverpool’s tour of Thailand, Australia, Malaysia and Finland.
Goalkeepers: Simon Mingolet, Adam Bogdan, Ryan Fulton.
Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Kolo Toure, Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Cleary, Joe Maguire, Pedro Chirivella.
Midfielders: Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Lucas Levia, James Millner, Adam Lallana, Jordan Ibe, Jordan Rossiter, Joao Carlos Teixeira, Harry Wilson.
Forwards: Lazar Markovic, Raheem Sterling, Danny Ings, Rickie Lambers, Divok Origi, Sheyi Ojo.
Brisbane Roar are yet to announce their squad for the game, however it’s highly likely that the game will be primarily played by the A-League contracted players, while some of the clubs better youth products will likely get some time off the bench.