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Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool FC Manager

Liverpool FC Ready For Season

The Red's low-key goalless draw with Tottenham in Baltimore followed a 1-1 draw with Toronto in Canada and a 2-1 defeat to Roma in Boston.

With so many star names returning late due to the 2012 Euro - and others away on Olympic duty, pre-season has been a chalange.

“It’s been really beneficial and the players have been brilliant to work with,” said Rodgers.

“I’m really satisfied with how they’ve coped with what’s been asked of them.

“We wanted to improve our fitness and implement technical ideas and we’ve seen all of that.

“I thought the concentration and condition of the players against Tottenham was fantastic.

“To keep that level of organisation and shape in 35 degrees plus was great.

“I have seen a real development in the team from the first game up until now and we’ll continue to work on getting our match sharpness.

“There are areas where we need to improve but I’m really satisfied with where we’re at. It’s going to take time but I’ve got a lot of very talented and gifted players here who can take us forward.

“Every day they’ve come in looking to improve and that’s all I ask for as a coach. The consequence of that will hopefully be positive results.”

More than 110,000 fans watched the friendlies as the tour.

“It’s incredible how people have come from all over the world to watch these games,” Rodgers said.

“It’s been like playing three home games for us and we’re very grateful for that.

“It was important for us to bring the club to our worldwide fan base.”

AVB commented on the Charlie Adams attack on Spurs' Gareth Bale.

“I think it is a very nasty challenge from Charlie,” claimed Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas. “I think he should go to the player to say sorry. If he (Bale) escapes hospital it is because he is very lucky.”

“Both teams put on a very good spectacle,” insisted Rodgers.

“When you have two teams who are tactically well organised and have top players, they’re always going to be tight games.

“You can either sit back in the heat or you can be uncomfortable because success hurts, and for me the players hurt. The only thing that let us down was that final ball.”

Liverpool next fight in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie in Belarus against FC Gomel.

“We won’t be at the optimum level of our fitness but we can’t complain,” the boss added. “That’s the cards we’ve been dealt and we’ve just got to get on with it.

“We’ve had two weeks of really tough training, lots of double sessions and three games so the players will be at a good level.”

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