Picture: LFC

Liverpool continued their undefeated start to the pre-season by beating Bradford City at Valley Parade in West Yorkshire.

Liverpool, Veteran James Milner scored a brace and youngster Rhian Brewster found the net in the first half.

Milner, 33, opened broke the deadlock in the 13th minute as his strike was deflected in by the head of a Bradford player.

Milner scored again a couple of minutes later from the spot after youngster Ryan Kent was bundled inside the box.

Liverpool’s inexperienced backline got exposed several times throughout the game but the home side couldn’t capitalise. However, Bradford did get the ball inside the net in the first off but was ruled out for an offside.

Liverpool’s academy graduate, Rhian Brewster scored 4 minutes before the break to put the reds in a comfortable position going into the second half.

Bradford City, who got relegated from League One to League Two (English Fourth Division) last season got their consolation goal 9 minutes from time after substitute Eoin Doyle converted from the spot.

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp on the overall performance

“For the first 30 minutes, I would say we were very confident, we did the right things in the right moments. Then we lost rhythm and didn’t get it back, to be honest. It looked a bit rustier, but that’s how it is in pre-season very often, taking the wrong decisions and all that stuff,” Klopp said.

“But it was still a wonderful third for Rhian’s goal, really nice. The goals were really, really good. The second half, we never really could get the rhythm so it was a bit boring, to be honest.”

This match was played to raise funds for Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, and pay tribute to former Reds defender Stephen Darby.

Stephen Darby | Picture: Bradford City

Darby, who last played for Bolton Wanderers, was forced to retire from football last season after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Darby’s Foundation helps generate awareness and help others.

 

 

 

 

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