Gerrard returns from injury as Liverpool win in Indonesia

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Saturday 20 July 2013 - 2:30 pm
Jakarta
Indonesia XI0
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Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling were on hand to score goals at both ends of the game in Indonesia.

Coutinho's strike in the 10th minute came from an initial attempt to find Luis Alberto, however the Brazilian scored the goal himself - continuing his good pre-season form.

There were a whole raft of substitutions in the game but the reds rounded off a tough game with a Raheem Sterling strike in to an empty net in the 88th minute.

The Indonesian LFC fans showed their huge support throughout the game, with a terrific atmosphere in Jakarta, putting the vast majority of Anfield atmospheres in the shade.

A key component of the game was Steven Gerrard's return from a shoulder operation.

Gerrard, speaking to the official site, said:

"My shoulder felt fantastic, so it was nice to get the first 45 minutes under my belt and hopefully I'll get slightly more time in Australia.

"It's been feeling fine now for a few weeks in training, there have been absolutely no problems. The surgeon gave me the go-ahead to play tonight and the manager was sensible in giving me 45 minutes. I'm really happy with how I feel.

"It was a difficult game. There's no air out there to breathe and recover after long runs and the training has been very tough, so the legs are heavy. But we won the game and we got the fitness in.

"At the moment, it's all about the fitness and getting the physical condition back. The results are not really too important, but we're happy with the win and we move on to the next game. Hopefully we'll feel better physically."

Liverpool now move on to Australia for the next stage in their pre-season tour.

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