Live: All Stars 0 Liverpool 2

There goes the final whistle then. Goals from Coutinho and Sterling give Liverpool a win over Indonesia XI. Liverpool dominated throughout, but Indonesia did have a handful of their own chances which the Reds defended well. Coutinho, Sterling and Aspas will be particularly happy with their performances, as well as Ibe whose second half introduction was the perfect tonic for Liverpool's inability to break down a hard-working Indonesia XI. Great game all round and promising signs for Brendan Rodgers.

Both sides seem content with their performances here today and so they should. Liverpool would perhaps have wanted more goals, but they've looked great in possession and they have clearly gelled well together. Indonesia worked incredibly hard too and should be proud.

GOAL! And again the corner is cleared. Jordon Ibe blasts through the defence with some unbelievable pace, and he has four players to choose from. He passes to Assaidi who helps it onto Sterling to tap home for the second.

Liverpool have certainly not won this yet. Indonesia keep coming back and they've won a corner now...

But nothing comes of it and Indonesia clear. Liverpool continue to press though.

Sterling's pace and footwork draws the foul and a free-kick from the edge of the area will be taken...

Jufrianto is replaced by Bustomi as Indonesia go in seatch of a shock equaliser.

A stunning ball over the top from Henderson releases Sterling as he and Borini both bare down on goal. Sterling neglects the Italian however and lashes a poweful attempt at goal that swerves just wide. A wasted opportunity.

Off comes Kipuw, on comes Yustinus Pae for Indonesia All Stars.

Though the pitch and the humid conditions will have played a part here, Liverpool will have wanted more than one goal at this stage. Still, they've looked promising in possession and Coutinho, Aspas and Sterling in particular have been positive notes.

Another chance for Liverpool as Ibe gets his head to a Henderson delivery, but once again it loops over.

Liverpool have looked much more potent and urgent with the introduction of winger Sterling, and he nearly grabs a goal with a half-volley but it smashes the top of the crossbar.

Sinaga replaces Roby for Indonesia XI.

Sterling has injected some much needed energy and directness for Liverpool, running straight at the Indonesia defence who struggle to deal with him.

Fabio Borini, Martin Skrtel, Jordan Henderson, Andre Wisdom, Raheem Sterling, Oussama Assaidi, Martin Kelly and Jordan Ibe all take the field for Liverpool with 8 changes. Mofu is replaced by Pellu for Indonesia XI.

You feel that the crowd wanted more goals in this affair too as they become increasingly louder. Liverpool continue their passing game amidst the noise.

Defender Jack Robinson cuts inside and unleashes a decent effort, but the keeper is equal to it. Still 1-0.

The corner is cleared to Coutinho who breaks quickly, the swift Brazilian evading defenders and laying off to Aspas. The move slows down though, and results in a wild Coutinho effort.

Just as Liverpool start to assert more and more pressure on the underdogs, the Indonesian XI embark on some excellent close-control and passing before Johnson has to intervene to concede the corner.

New striker Aspas races through on goal again but the ball bobbles wildly and, just as he takes it round the keeper, the ball bounces before his shot and he blazes it over. More promising at least for Liverpool as the incisive edge they need is on show.

Full-back Sanadi whips a dangerous ball into the box but it's dealt with well again by a stubborn Liverpool defence. Toure has been the standout for them at the back.

Narrow, and seemingly harsh, offside call on Aspas who again cleverly evades the defence to be through on goal.

The Reds have started the same way as they ended the first half, in control of possession and looking comfortable, but struggling to find that killer ball.

Jack Robinson and Joe Allen look to be Liverpool's only changes for the start of the second half as they look to build on a promising but unspectacular first half. Jose Enrique and Steven Gerrard make way. Indonesia have made no changes.

The whistle is blown on the first half then and Liverpool take a 1-0 lead into the break. Coutinho has been the star for them and took his albeit fortuitous goal well. Aspas' movement up front has also been a bright spark for the Reds, but Indonesia have also had their own chances in a fairly even contest.

Alberto is really starting to assert himself on the game now, playing in Aspas who's effort is heading in, but it's deflected for a corner.

Gerrard is dictating the play on and off the ball here, and he literally points out to Alberto where he wants the ball played. The Spaniard obliges but the keeper is first to it.

A Downing corner looks to cause trouble for Indonesia, and despite Meiga ending up on the ground after a clash with Kolo Toure, the delivery is cleared to safety.

However, for all their slick passes and excellent movement, that final ball is still lacking. Although the main purpose of the friendly is for fitness and gelling new faces, Rodgers will perhaps be disappointed with a lack of chances.

Liverpool look so comfortable with possession. Rodgers' ethos has clearly had an effect on the side as they string together pass after pass. Indonesia are chasing shadows.

First shot on target for Indonesia as striker van Dijk unleashes an excellent, swerving effort on Mignolet's goal, but the Belgian is equal to it with a great save.

Luis Alberto comes extremely close to opening his Liverpool account, picking up an Aspas pass, cutting in cleverly and curling an attempt that hits the crossbar and rebounds out.

The Ivory Coast defender has seemed very assured at the back for Liverpool today, his lack of pace is certainly not hindering his game so far.

Bonai's pace nearly pays off after a lofted through-bal sets him free, but Toure's experience pays dividends.

Enrique's cross isn't dealt with in the best of fashions by Indonesia's keeper who has already flapped at a couple of crosses. Downing can't quite capitalise however.

Gerrard's foul leads to an Indonesia free-kick, but the delivery fails to make it past the first man after a deflection. Goal kick.

Bonai is again the dangerman for Indonesia as his cross is headed away by Agger as van Dijk waits.

Aspas is making some clever runs off the ball for Liverpool on his first start, but no chances as of yet for the striker.

Coutinho is continuing his sparkling form from last season here today, but his clever reverse-pass is squandered by Luis Enrique.

One of Daniel Agger's trademark bursts through from defence nearly ends in a goal for the center-back, but the keeper doea well to stop him in the penalty area.

A Liverpool corner once again results in a clearance and Indonesia launching a counter attack. It's offside this time but they need to be more wary of that threat.

Bonai looks as though he could be the All Stars' star player, and he evades the challenge of Gerrard to open up a goal-scoring opportunity, but Toure is there and deals with the threat confidently.

Indonesia have their first sniff of goal as a long punt upfield is palmed away to safety by Mignolet, and the subsequent corner is headed over by Titus Bonai.

Gerrard and Johnson are really starting to stamp their authority down Liverpool's right hand side as the two combine to nearly set up Aspas, but the keeper is out quickly to thwart the opportunity.

GOAL! As aforementioned, Coutinho was always going to be a danger for Liverpool, and his agility and speed has bamboozled the defence there as, with plenty of good fortune, he bursts through and slots it under the keeper to open the scoring.

Brendan Rodgers' men are looking sharp here, and Downing sets up Johnson who slides the ball across to an unmarked Aspas. The striker flicks it in excellently but the flag was already up. Promising signs.

Liverpool start to assert themselves as Enrique latches on to an excellent cross-ball from Johnson, but his whipped cross is caught easily by keeper Meiga.

Aspas and Coutinho are both looking extremely lively up front for Liverpool as they begin to grab a foothold in the game. The All Stars do look dangerous on the break, though.

The packed Indonesia crowd is packed for Liverpool's first ever game in the country. They're sporting their infamous third kit today, with the Indonesia All Stars decked out in the more-recognisable all-red kit. No chances yet with both teams trading possession so far.

We're off in Jakarta then as Liverpool look to continue their impressive pre-season against an Indonesian All Star side who will want a better showing than their last game against English opposition; the 7-0 reverse courtesy of Arsenal.

James Reid feels that new signing Luis Alberto will be under the most scrutiny for Liverpool today: "I think Brendan Rogers will be having a good look into Luis Alberto. He cost a lot for a player who played at a standard viewed similar to the Championship. I hope he does well by Brendan and can produce some extremely high standard performances, but i feel that the £7 million price tag may loom a bit over his head.

Seven changes made by Rodgers then as he hands Aspas his first start in a Liverpool shirt. There's also no room for keeper Reina with speculation over his future still rife. With Rodger's stating earlier today that his transfer business is still to be completed, are there any players out there playing for their Liverpool future? And what players do you think Rodgers should sign?

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Toure, Lucas, Gerrard, Alberto, Downing, Coutinho, Aspas. Subs: Jones, Assaidi, Henderson, Spearing, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Kelly, Skrtel, Flanagan, Wisdom, Robinson, Ibe

Indonesia All Stars: Meiga; Maitimo, M.Roby, Igbonefo, Ruben, Bustomi, Taufiq, Tibo, Ferdinand, Boaz, Van Dijk.

The summer speculation will take a backseat for now though, as the Reds continue their preparation by battling an Indonesia All Stars side who, in their last game, were defeated 7-0 by Arsenal. Could we see a similar scoreline today in Jakarta? Let us know your views and predictions by e-mailing, or via Twitter at MattStead91. Which players will you be keeping an eye on for Brendan Rodgers' men?

Liverpool have certainly not been shy in spending the cash this summer, with Northern Irishman Rodgers bringing in Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Kolo Toure so far as they seek to strengthen for a top-four push. Players could be heading through the exit door too, with constant speculation over Luis Suarez's future, though Rodgers has insisted he will remain a Liverpool player. Reports have recently stated that shot-stopper Pepe Reina won't be content with fighting for a number one place with Mignolet, and so is off to Napoli on loan.

Hello and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Liverpool's pre-season clash against Indonesia All Stars in Jakarta. Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to follow up the Reds' 4-0 win over Preston in their prevous run-out as their Premier League preparation continues


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