Friendly match - Suso stars as Liverpool beat AC Milan

International Champions Cup, Bank of America Stadium - Liverpool 2 (Allen 17, Suso 89) AC Milan 0

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Friendly match - Suso stars as Liverpool beat AC Milan
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Suso #30 is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal in the 90th minute against A.C. Milan in the Guinness International Champions Cup at Bank of America Stadium

Joe Allen and Suso were on the scoresheet as Liverpool beat AC Milan 2-0 in the final group game of the International Champions Cup.

Liverpool went into the match in the Bank of America Stadium having already qualified for Monday's final against Manchester United, after Manchester City lost to Olympiacos in a penalty shootout in Minneapolis earlier in the day.

Allen opened the scoring for Liverpool after 17 minutes, and it was a goal the Welshman made himself after he robbed Michael Essien 25 yards from goal.

His initial shot hit the post, and Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati saved Raheem Sterling's follow-up effort, but the £15m signing from Swansea City showed great technique to volley home the rebound.

Liverpool had a great chance to double the lead in the 28th minute, but Rickie Lambert, who scored 34 penalties out of 34 in his Southampton career, saw his spot-kick saved by Abbiati.

Suso then doubled the lead with a minute to go with a curled left-foot finish following a one-two down the left with Philippe Countinho.

KEY MOMENTS

'16 - GOAL: Joe Allen nicks the ball 25 yards out after a mistake from Essien, and although his initial shot hits the post, and Abbiati saves Sterling's follow-up effort, the Wales midfielder is able to net the rebound.

‘27 - PENALTY: Rami brings down Sterling, who was running away from goal after the pass from Lambert.

‘28 - PENALTY SAVE: Lambert's penalty is far too close to Abbiati and the Milan goalkeeper saves.

‘38 - SAVE: Niang cuts in from the right and shoots left-footed, and Mignolet saves, if a little uncomfortably.

‘77 - SAVE: Honda chips over the top for Niang but Mignolet is out smartly to block. What a pass from the Japan international!

‘89 - GOAL: What a great finish from Suso. The Spaniard sets up Coutinho down the left, and when he receives the ball back, he gently curls a finish past Gabriel from the edge of the area.

‘90+2 - SAVE: Cristante runs through on goal and shoots, but Mignolet makes a fine one-handed save.

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2014, Stephan El Shaarawy, Milan-Liverpool, AFP

TALKING POINT

Does Suso stay or does he go? The 20-year-old came on at half-time in Charlotte, and impressed in his 45 minutes at the Bank Of America Stadium. He spent last year on loan at Almeria, but, with Luis Suarez gone, manager Brendan Rodgers may think carefully about allowing the Spain Under-21 international on another loan to La Liga, especially as he qualifies as a home-grown player for the Champions League.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

MAN OF THE MATCH

M'Baye Niang (AC Milan): Most of the Milan players looked uninterested, past it, or both. Not Niang - the 19-year-old constantly worked the channels to make himself available, looked quick and comfortable on the ball.

PLAYER RATINGS

Liverpool: Mignolet 6, Kelly 6, Toure 6, Coates 6, Robinson 6, Lucas 7, Henderson 7, Allen 7, Lambert 6, Ibe 6, Sterling 7. Subs: Johnson 6, Enrique 6, Gerrard 6, Coutinho 7, Sakho 6, Can 6, Suso 8, Coady 6, Skrtel 6, Peterson 6.

AC Milan: Abbiati 6, Abate 7, Bonera 7, Rami 7, De Sciglio 6; Essien 5, Muntari 5, Saponara 6; Niang 8, Pazzini 6, El Shaarawy 6. Subs: Gabriel 6, Balotelli 5, Honda 7, Mexes 6, Cristante 5, Albertazzi 6, Poli 6, Zapata 6.

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