Brisbane Roar produced a fine display but eventually went down 2-1 to Liverpool at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
In John Aloisi first game in charge, the Roar went ahead through Dimitri Petratos before Adam Lallana levelled for Liverpool during the first half.
Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young produced a string of good reflex saves, but James Milner scored what proved to be the winner in the 75th minute.
It was an unconvincing display by Brendan Rodgers' team as the Roar enjoyed several good moments.
But the in-form Young was eventually undone by a deflection as Milner scored the winner.
After a fine rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone', the visitors made a decent start as Milner fired an effort wide.
Mamadou Sakho's usual nervousness presented Roar with early chances, while Lallana also tried his luck from range.
But Rodgers' team looked suspect in defence and was made to pay in the 17th minute.
Brandon Borrello made space on the left and cutback for Petratos, who created some room before finding the bottom corner.
Young was needed to keep the Roar ahead as he somehow got a hand to Danny Ings' close-range effort.
The visitors would be level in the 28th minute thanks to Lallana, who curled delightfully into the top corner to give Young no chance.
Sakho was just denied in the minute before the break as Luke Brattan cleared the defender's header off the line.
Young produced another great stop in the 63rd minute, pushing away a Jordan Henderson strike.
Devante Clut, who came off the bench, almost made an instant impact as he fired a long-range effort onto the roof of Simon Mignolet's net.
Young kept out a Jordon Ibe strike before the shot-stopper was finally beaten again.
Milner took a touch to drive into the area before shooting, and the deflection wrong-footed Young and found the back of the net.
Young denied the impressive Ibe again but that would be the last of the chances as Liverpool claimed victory.comments