Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MARCO MONTEVERDE

tos and it wasn’t un­til 15 min­utes from the end that Liver­pool fi­nally hit the front through James Mil­ner af­ter ear­lier equal­is­ing via Adam Lal­lana.

By the time Mil­ner scored the win­ner, much of the sting had gone out of the game, with a host of sub­sti­tu­tions hav­ing been made.

Not that the 50,000- strong crowd was com­plain­ing. Most got what they came for – goals and a Liver­pool win.

The oc­ca­sion was more im­por­tant last night.

The sea of red that in­fil­trated the sta­dium was a sight to be­hold.

While the match was be­ing played on the Roar’s home ground, ev­ery­thing pointed to Liver­pool be­ing the hosts.

You could barely see an or­ange jersey or scarf ion the crowd, Liver­pool were af­forded the lux­ury of the home dress­ing- room and home bench.

The pre- match ren­di­tion of didn’t dis­ap­point.

It was ar­guably as good as, if not bet­ter than, any­thing that was pro­duced in the 90 min­utes, and won’t ever be for­got­ten by any­one in at­ten­dance last night.

Pic­ture: CHRIS HYDE

REDS DE­BUT: Newly- signed Liver­pool midfielder James Mil­ner passes to a team­mate dur­ing the Reds’ 2- 1 win against Bris­bane Roar last night at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

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