Three things we learned from Liverpool 2-0 AC Milan

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Liverpool produced a solid display in the early hours of Sunday morning as they ran out 2-0 winners of Serie A side AC Milan in the International Champions Cup.

Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino grabbed the goals for the Reds in what was an accomplished performance all around for Jurgen Klopp's side.

But, with the real deal that is Premier League football now just a couple of weeks away, what will the German boss, and the Anfield faithful, have been able to take away from the pre-season result?

Here are three things we've learned...


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1) Strong team mentality developing

Although it was Origi and Firmino who sealed the win for Liverpool in California, the convincing result was made possible by a dominant team performance from the Merseyside club.

Each player knew their role and, for the most part, fulfilled it to the letter as they followed Klopp's high-intensity game plan well.

Liverpool showed glimpses of what was possible with this sort of system last season - most notably in wins against Man City and Chelsea - and it looks like the current squad is really buying into Klopp's methods ahead of the new campaign.

Without as many 'world class' stars as their rivals, this team first mentality will be crucial if they're to succeed this year.

2) Versatile Milner

The speculation leading up to the Milan game was that Klopp could be considering using James Milner at left back in the 2016/17 season.

And, for 45 minutes of this morning's match, that is where the versatile England international was deployed.

Although some fans questioned the logic, Milner proved with a typically determined and solid performance that he might actually offer better defensive cover than supposed first choice LB Alberto Moreno.

Milner wasn't tested much against a lackluster Milan side, but Klopp will be happy to have tested his theory and will likely have marked it down as a success.

3) Origi primed for big year

For much of the game, Liverpool's dominance wasn't shown on the scoresheet as they struggled to convert possession into goals. Then Divock Origi produced a moment of class out of virtually nothing.

His second half goal was one of real quality, and the Belgian's overall performance after coming on at half time suggests he is primed to really kick on in the 2016/17 season.

The young striker was one of the standout performers for a while under Klopp earlier this year, before a nasty injury curtailed his season.

Back fit and raring to go, his performance vs Milan once again showed that he might just be the most dangerous striker Liverpool have on their books right now.


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