Rodgers thrilled with display

Brendan Rodgers was in positive spirits after watching Liverpool beat Manchester City on penalties in the International Champions Cup in New York's Yankee Stadium.

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The game ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw, Rodgers' side twice coming from behind, and keeper Simon Mignolet proved their hero in the shoot-out, which ended with Liverpool on top 3-1.

Stevan Jovetic put City in the lead on a couple of occasions, continuing his bright pre-season form, but England internationals Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling replied to send the game into penalties, with the result putting Liverpool top of Group B ahead of Saturday's clash with AC Milan.

"I thought it was an excellent game for a pre-season game. It was very competitive and the atmosphere was fantastic so it was a great game for us at this stage of our preparation," Rodgers told Sky Sports News.

"Simon is a wonderful shot stopper, he's made a couple of great saves, but across the team I thought (in the) second half we were excellent.

"We played a diamond in the first half, just to have a look at that and refresh our positioning from last season, and then we played 4-3-3 in the second half and obviously the players are more accustomed to that.

"Raheem Sterling came on and I thought he was outstanding - he's very direct. he's quick - and Jordan Henderson made some great runs to get in. We got two goals and maybe we could have had a couple more. Joe Hart has made a couple of really outstanding saves and all in all I am very happy.

"It was a great game; Manchester City are a wonderful team and they'll go close in the Premier League again this year. At this moment of pre-season, it was a great game for us."

Rodgers also felt Liverpool were slightly unlucky in the goals they conceded to Jovetic.

He told the club's website: "I thought they were unfortunate. Jovetic is very bright, he is alive in the box, he just nicked in and it was unfortunate with the first goal that it was deflected off Stevie (Gerrard).

"His second goal was something similar. We have to also respect the quality that we're playing against - they are a top side. We played very well; we conceded a couple of goals, but so did they."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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