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Posted by Kevin Brodie on 07/26/2012

Great to see the lads back on the pitch. It was fantastic to see the travelling kop (and some loud Roma fans) as well decorate a famous baseball stadium. The pitch looked pretty decent considering it's a baseball field, although it did look small on the TV. The Green Monster was a great backdrop for the game. I would have loved to have gone but it was just bad timing and a bit expensive and I would rather only go see games that actually matter.

Overall we played much better in this game then we did during the Toronto game and as a sporting spectacle this was also much better. Roma were quite good, with sharp passing and they closed us down all over the field. The team that played in the second half was much better than that of the first in my opinion and on the day we were unlucky to lose 2-1. Overall Roma had the better chances but I thought our play was worth of a draw, but as it is only pre-season I'm not that bothered by the score, only the performance.

In the first half I thought Joe Cole played well which I'm surprised I'm saying that I thought he was awful up in Toronto. Shelvey also did very well in the first half and was probably our best performer in that period. Spearing did just ok, sometimes he makes the simple pass and other times he forces it into trouble. I'm just not quite sure what role, if any, he will have on this "new" look Liverpool. The defence was quite solid overall with Carragher getting turned for one big chance for Roma in the first half. Otherwise I thought our captain did well. Sterling was frustrating at times for me. He seemed to have the ability to take the ball down the sides but for some reason always wanted to come inside. With Eccerlston in the middle we lacked any cutting edge up top, so the half ended 0-0.

Our standout performers in the second half were Adam, Lucas and Suso. I also thought Dani Pacheco performed better than he did in Toronto. This was a perfect game for Adam as he had time on the ball to spray it around, if he gets that kind of time in the Premiership he would do the same thing, problem is he doesn't. Lucas had a few full blooded challenges which was great to see. His reading of the game is superb. I really like Suso, I don't know how the goalie saved his effort from the Pacheco cross. Would have been great to see the kid score. He always wants the ball and he is not afraid to have a go. His left foot is sweet and I really think he will come through soon. Agger, of course, was excellent as well and I thought Wilson was at fault for Michael's Bradley's goal. Bradley has some engine on him.

Overall it was an encouraging display and now we have Spurs up next where our new Italian, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Carroll, Johnson, might play some part. Bellers and Suarez are still away with the Olympic Teams.

I'm on twitter @kbrodieLFC

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Kevin Brodie Kevin Brodie has been fortunate enough to see some of Liverpool’s greatest teams and players in action over the last 35 years. Reds fans are spoiled for choice in trying to pick their favourite memory. The best early memory I have of watching Liverpool in person was our 7-0 thrashing of Spurs, with the 7th goal being a thing of beauty. Watching us in 89 lift the FA Cup after the terrible disaster at Hillsborough was also very special. My favourite Liverpool moment on the TV has to be the Champions League final in 2005. It was a day I will never forget.

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