Divock Origi
Divock Origi was impressive in his first pre-season friendly against Thai All Stars.Reuters

After defeating Thai All Stars 4-0 in their first preseason friendly of the season, Liverpool head over to Australia where they will play Brisbane Roar at the Suncorp stadium on Friday.

Though it might just be another friendly for Liverpool, it gives manager Brendan Rodgers an opportunity to analyse his players and get them in perfect shape ahead of the all-important English Premier League season, which starts on 8 August.

New recruits such as Danny Ings, James Milner, Divock Origi will also get some more precious time on the pitch to understand Rodgers' philosophy, which is important. The team have travelled in their preseason friendly tour without their new Brazilian recruit Roberto Firmino, who has been handed an extended break after representing Brazil in the Copa America.

Fans in Australia are also going to miss Liverpool's magician Philippe Coutinho, who has also been given an extended break.

Against the Thai stars, Rodgers fielded two different teams in the first and second half, with players such as Lazar Markovic, Origi, Joao Taxeria turning up the heat with impressive performances in hot and humid conditions. The team might be reshuffled for the second preseason friendly.

Rodgers was in particular very much impressed with Origi's performance as he praised the young Belgian striker after his first performance in Liverpool's red shirt. Origi was signed last summer from Lille and was loaned back on loan for a season immediately.

A similar performance will be expected from the Belgian when he faces Brisbane Roar, who are going to miss some of their key players such as Matt McKay, Michael Theo and Luke DeVere. But, this gives a chance for some of Brisbane Roar's youngsters to face one of the biggest clubs in the world in Liverpool.

The fans are going to pour out in numbers and one should not be surprised if the stadium resembles a sea of red all over rather than orange, which the Brisbane Roars are habituated to. Australia is said to be the home for a large number of Liverpool supporters.

Steven Lustica, Brisbane Roar's head coach, is aware of the magnitude of the game, especially for Australian viewers, as they are going to witness top Liverpool players in action. Lustica feels the game between Liverpool and Brisbane Roar is going to be a 'game to remember forever'.

"We're very excited, it's a massive game for us, for Brisbane Roar. Even for Australia as well," Goal quoted Lustica as saying.

"There's no better feeling than running out [in front of] a packed stadium. Especially at Suncorp, it's just a great atmosphere there. And against Liverpool it's going to be extra special, with the Liverpool supporters and our supporters, I think it's going to be a game to remember for ever."

Where to Watch Live

Liverpool's second pre-season friendly match against Brisbane Roar is scheduled for 6:45 pm local time (2:15 IST, 9:45am BST) start. The game can be watched live on LFC Tv with live streaming option on on LFC TV Go.

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