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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers heaps praise on match-winner James Milner after 2-1 win against Brisbane Roar

Brendan Rodgers hailed James Milner as a “top-class operator” after the midfielder scored Liverpool’s winner in a 2-1 victory over Brisbane Roar.

The England international netted a brilliant individual goal in the 75th minute in Brisbane on Thursday night after Adam Lallana had cancelled out Dimitri Petratos’s opener.

He’s a top-class operator and I think playing in this team and at Liverpool he’ll probably shine even more

Brendan Rodgers

Milner, who moved to Anfield from Manchester City on a free transfer this month, started Liverpool’s second pre-season friendly alongside newly-appointed Reds captain Jordan Henderson in midfield.

Speaking to the media after Liverpool’s slender win, Rodgers singled out his central-midfield pairing for special praise.

“He and Jordan Henderson could run to Adelaide!

“The work they put into a game, how they press, how they run, but also the quality. We wanted more goals from midfield and you see James, that was the idea because when he plays in a central area he can really penetrate the box.

“He got in a number of times, had a couple of shots that went close and then he got his goal. He’s a top-class operator and I think playing in this team and at Liverpool he’ll probably shine even more.”

Milner won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup during a five-year stay at Etihad Stadium.

The 29-year-old England midfielder is one of six summer signings that Liverpool boss Rodgers has added to his squad.

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The Reds have also signed Burnley striker Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, Brazil international Roberto Firmino and Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne.

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