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Pre-Season Friendly: Indonesia XI 0 Liverpool 2

Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling scored for Liverpool as they coasted to a 2-0 win over an Indonesia XI in Jakarta on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were comfortable winners in the Indonesian capital as goals in either half from two of their young stars helped them extend their 100 per cent record in pre-season.

Coutinho scored the opener after nine minutes as he benefited from a slice of fortune before producing a classy finish.

In an attempt to play a one-two with new signing Luis Alberto, Coutinho saw the ball ricochet off an Indonesia XI defender and fall into his path.

And the Brazilian held his nerve, slotting past the goalkeeper with his right foot.

Luis Alberto almost doubled Liverpool’s lead on the half-hour mark, only to be denied by the woodwork.

Iago Aspas found the forward on the edge of the area and he thrashed an effort against the top of the bar.

Sergio Van
Dijk forced a stunning save out of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet shortly after, while Aspas and Coutinho wasted chances early in the second half.

Sterling was also thwarted by the bar as his 15-yard effort bounced away to safety with 18 minutes to play.

But the winger did get his goal in the dying stages after Jordan Ibe burst down the flank and centred for Oussama Assaidi, who unselfishly laid off for Sterling to complete a simple finish.

Liverpool were far from their best during the match against a side who lost to Arsenal 7-0 earlier this month.

They will now head to Australia ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Melbourne Victory at the MCG.

Sat 20 Jul, 2013
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