Milner, Lallana happy to pass Roar 'test'

Liverpool goalscorers James Milner and Adam Lallana were thankful for the testing clash against Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Lallana cancelled out Dimitri Petratos' opener before Milner scored a 75th-minute winner in Liverpool's 2-1 victory at Suncorp Stadium.

Both midfielders welcomed the challenging encounter and said it came at an ideal time in the pre-season for Brendan Rodgers' men.

"It's always nice to get off the mark. Fitness always comes first in the pre-season," Milner told host broadcaster, Channel Nine.

"It was important we put in a performance. It was a good test for us tonight.

"They're a good team and they gave us exactly what we needed at this stage of the pre-season."

Milner struck via a deflected effort, while Lallana had equalised with a fine curling strike.

Lallana praised his team-mates for their display.

"They come out the blocks, they were very lively, it was a great test for us," he said of the Roar.

"It's only our second pre-season game, but I think the lads worked into it with the right mentality and considering we went a goal down, I think we put on quite a good performance."

An excellent performance by Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young kept John Aloisi's men in with a chance.

The shot-stopper was happy enough with his own display.

"I haven't seen the goal really but I felt it was a bit unfortunate with the deflection," Young said of the winner.

"It's always good to showcase what you're doing against a team as famous as Liverpool, it shows how well you can do."

Young added: "I think we can take a lot from it. The manager has come in in a short timeframe and has had to instill a few principles.

"I think we're a group that is willing to learn and I think when you have that, you have a chance."