Liverpool looking to continue their good pre-season run

Liverpool and AC Milan come face to face in the two sides' final International Champions Cup group fixture at the Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte in North Carolina.

The memories of the dramatic 2005 Champions League final (which Liverpool won despite trailing 0-3 at the break) will be at the back of both the sides' minds as they prepare to finish their pre-season tour of the US on a high.


After registering only one win in their first three pre-season fixtures, the Reds have done very well to bounce back in the international Champions Cup, with back-to-back wins over Olympiakos (1-0) and Manchester City (3-1 penalties following a 2-2 draw).

Liverpool seem to have put the £75 million (received from the sale of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez) to good use, with manager Brendan Rodgers bringing in a marquee of new players including Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren (all from Southampton), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica).

The Reds need to beat Milan to book a date with Manchester United (the most likely winners of Group A) in the finals of the 2014 Champions Cup.

Rodgers feels that the pre-season tour of USA has immensely benefitted the Liverpool squad, with the old players improving their fitness and new signings getting a chance to settle in.

"This trip has been a great chance to come away, improve fitness levels and reintroduce some of the tactics into the team. The new players have settled in quickly. That's a great credit not just to just them but to the team. There's no egos here and the spirit in the team is very strong," Rodgers told ESPN.

Meanwhile, AC Milan have been quite the opposite as they have been very poor, suffering some heavy defeats in the International Champions Cup.

Although Milan, who endured a very difficult campaign last season, finishing eighth in the Serie A, confidently started off their pre-seasons, with back-to-back victories against Renate and Monza, the Italian giants who were very poor in the US.

After suffering a 0-3 defeat in their first International Champions Cup game against Greek side Olympiakos, the Rossoneri received a 1-5 thumping at the hands of Manchester City in their second fixture.

And, AC Milan's new boss Filippo Inzaghi admits that they have to improve if they want to compete in the Serie A and other competitions next season.

"It's in front of everybody's eyes that we have to improve in lots of areas. We've not been working long and we come off the back of an eighth place finish. We have to work a great deal," the 40-year-old told his club's official site.

"I will continue working with this squad and when we're all in shape and we have everyone we definitely won't be the side from the past two matches.I think that once we're a complete group we can be competitive in the league."

Despite AC Milan poor form of late, the Reds should not be underestimating them as the Italian side are well capable of causing an upset.

Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for a 7 pm ET (4.30 am IST, 12 am BST) start with live coverage on Sony Six in India. International viewers can watch the preseason match via online streaming HERE. Listen to the game HERE. Catch the live action in the US on ESPN Deportes and Fox Soccer, while viewers can also live stream the game HERE or HERE. Viewers in UK can catch the match live on Sky Sports 1.

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