Aloisi sleeps easy af­ter ban­ter with Liver­pool coach

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - VAL MIGLIACCIO

JOHN Aloisi says Liver­pool man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers wel­comed him to a world of in­som­nia.

The Bris­bane boss laughed it off claim­ing he was al­ready los­ing sleep just two weeks into his new job af­ter Liver­pool beat Roar 2- 1 at Sun­corp Sta­dium on Fri­day.

The pair were spot­ted hav­ing a friendly chat af­ter the clash where Liver­pool got out of jail for a sec­ond tour win af­ter beat­ing a Thai premier league All Stars side 4- 0 last week. “One of the things Bren­dan Rodgers said to me was “welcome to the life of no sleep,’’ Aloisi said.

“That’s the life of a man­ager and it’s true, he was good he was re­ally im­pressed and they wanted a hit out like that.

“Bren­dan Rodgers is a suc­cess­ful young man­ager.

“He was very down earth.”

But Aloisi warned that Ade­laide United must be pre­pared for a dif­fer­ent style of match against the English Premier League gi­ant at Ade­laide Oval on Mon­day.


Roar scared Liver­pool, scor­ing first be­fore the Reds pre­vailed and won the game with a goal from James Mil­ner 15 min­utes from time.

Aloisi said the first half of the clash was where Ade­laide should stamp their au­thor­ity if they field their best start­ing XI claim­ing be­cause that’s when he saw good signs from his new club in Bris­bane.

“I think Ade­laide will give them a good game but to say they’re beat­able ( Liver­pool) I’m not sure,’’ Aloisi said.

“It was our first game ( of the pre­sea­son) and their sec­ond game and that’s when you’re at your fresh­est in the first half.

“In the first half both teams were com­pact and it’s harder to break through, and in the sec­ond half the game loses it’s rhythm.

“We played the ball around re­ally well and then the sec­ond half, in these games you make a lot of changes and the game loses its shape a lit­tle bit.

“But Liver­pool are all ath­letes, they can play and they’re strong, fast and that’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween us and them.

“Tech­ni­cally we prob­a­bly matched them and in cer­tain patches we held onto the ball just as well as they did.”

Liver­pool showed a lot of re­spect to­wards Bris­bane Roar when the club made just six changes, keep­ing Mil­ner and skip­per Jor­dan Hen­der­son on the pitch for the full 90 min­utes.

They had the op­tion of mak­ing 11 sub­sti­tu­tions like in Ade­laide against United af­ter us­ing a full com­ple­ment of re­serves in the Thai clash.


TOUGH CON­TEST: North­ern Fury did not have enough an­swers to the pres­sure ap­plied by FNQ Heat at Brolga Park.

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