James Milner scored twice as an understrength Liverpool won 3-1 at Bradford City in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson were among the big-name absentees ahead of the Premier League club’s forthcoming tour to the United States.
That left midfielder Milner to provide the first-half entertainment in a match staged to raise funds for the charity co-founded by former Liverpool and Bradford defender Stephen Darby, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in September.
Ex-England international Milner opened the scoring with a shot that deflected in off James Vaughan’s head, then converted a penalty after Ryan Kent was hacked down inside the area.
Rhian Brewster squeezed in a third from a narrow angle before Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes at half-time, only goalkeeper Simon Mignolet continuing after the break.
Bradford grabbed a late consolation when substitute Eoin Doyle converted from the spot, teenager Adam Lewis having fouled Clayton Donaldson.
The Reds, 6-0 winners over Tranmere Rovers on Thursday, next face Borussia Dortmund in Indiana, which could see the return of several regulars.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 14, 2019
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