Sunday August 3 2014
Rodgers: 'Liverpool forced Milan errors'

Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool’s pressing game forced Milan into mistakes. “We were really aggressive.”

The Reds secured a 2-0 victory over the Rossoneri in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the International Champions Cup.

“I thought our possession of the ball was very good tonight, we kept the ball and kept it moving, and then when we had to defend I thought we were really aggressive in our pressure and intensity, so overall I thought we had maturity in our game,” the manager told

“We had a lot of young players playing and they did very well so it was an excellent win for us.”

Joe Allen caught Michael Essien in possession for the opening goal, while Suso struck late on.

“Pressuring the opposition is key for us. You can't do it for the whole 90 minutes, but we try to put pressure on our opponent and when teams play the ball out of their defence you get a chance to do that.

“We could have maybe had three or four goals in the first half when we created some good chances but overall it was very pleasing.”

Christian Abbiati parried a Ricky Lambert penalty, ending his run of 34 consecutive converted spot-kicks.

“I spoke to Rickie and I said to him it's only important when it matters in the competition phase. He is obviously disappointed because he can't remember the last time he missed a penalty because he never missed one for Southampton in all the years he played there, but he will be fine.

“Rickie will get goals for us, there's no doubt.”

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