Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool’s involvement in the International Champions Cup will prove beneficial heading into the new season, reports Liverpoolfc.com.
Rodgers watched his side fall to a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in the final in Miami, but felt his side were unfortunate not to come out on top.
Steven Gerrard had put Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot in the first half, after Raheem Sterling had been brought down by Phil Jones.
But two goals in two minutes from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata turned the game on its head during the second half, before substitute Jesse Lingard made it 3-1 with just a minute remaining.
“I thought it was a really good game and both teams have had a very good workout out here,” Rodgers told his post-match press conference.
“I thought we were well worth the lead and had a couple more chances to increase that and it looked like maybe we should have had another penalty.
“We conceded a disappointing equaliser and then very quickly conceded another one so the game started to get stretched a bit, but overall I’m delighted with the whole tournament and what it’s done for us.
“We have worked very hard and we will leave here with plenty of positives and look forward to the new season.
“The condition of the players that we have at the moment is very good. We’ve obviously got a few missing but certainly by Southampton we will be ready and we are looking forward to it.”
Rodgers also offered words of praise to Raheem Sterling, who looked a constant threat to the United defence throughout the 90 minutes.
He added: “I thought he was outstanding and was a real threat. Raheem is tactically aware for such a young player and is so exciting to watch. When he runs at defenders he creates many opportunities.
“At 19 years of age he is a real talent and is getting better all the time.”