THINGS WE LEARNED from Liverpool's pre-season win against Bradford

Liverpool
breezed through their second assignment of pre-season at Bradford, beating the League One side 3-1, and will head out to the United States for a three-game tour in good spirits. 
The European Champions have been back in work for a week now, with this win following on from their 6-0 victory against Tranmere. 
Here, Sportsmail 
assesses how they are faring after the trip to Valley Parade. 
 
Football not the most important thing 
Bradford hosting Liverpool was essentially a friendly but this game had a far greater significance. This was two clubs coming together to help support Stephen Darby, the unyielding right-back who represented them both.
Darby was diagnosed with Motor Neurone's Disease last September. He has handled a dreadful situation with dignity and the esteem in which he is held was reflected in the ovation he received before kick-off following his incredibly emotional address to a 24,343 sell-out crowd from the pitch.
It was the highest attendance since Valley Parade was reopened in 1986 and the gate receipts – plus £1 from every programme that was sold – will go to the Darby Rimmer Foundation, which was established with fellow sufferer Chris Rimmer last autumn.
On top of that, the James Milner Foundation gave £30,000 to the fund, as well £10,000 to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. For more information, follow @DarbyRimmerMND on Twitter or use the hashtag #attackMND
 
Milner irrepressible 
James Milner showed his legions of followers on social media how eager he was to return to training last week when posting footage of himself running in Spain. He never been afraid to put in the hard yards and there is no doubt he will be an integral figure once again in the new campaign.
Milner's shot, which was diverted into his own net by former Everton striker James Vaughan, led to Liverpool opening the scoring and he doubled the advantage moments later with an emphatic penalty. He has now entered the final 12 months of his contract – surely Liverpool will address that.
 
Brewster blossoming
Fresh from a double against Tranmere on Thursday, Rhian Brewster scored another. Again it was a poacher's effort, swept in from a tight angle inside the six-yard box, and again it served to show how anxious he is to make a mark.
It would make no sense to start making bold predictions about what Brewster may achieve in the next 12 months but one thing that can be said for certain is his attitude has been impeccable. If he maintains this hunger and desire, he will have the possibility to score goals in the Premier League.
 
New possibilities for Lallana 
Adam Lallana's patience has been stretched to breaking point over the last two seasons, his troubles starting after he ruptured a thigh muscle during a training camp in Germany in July 2017. He has never had a chance to build momentum and has lost his starting place.
The England international, however, has not lost his ability and it has been intriguing to see Jurgen Klopp use him in the No6 position in this opening week. He is a versatile and intelligent footballer and if Liverpool play 60 games this season, as they hope, Klopp will need all possible options.
 
New rules, new look
The laws of football are changing all the time. The introduction of VAR to the Premier League has, of course, dominated discussions but keep an eye on the latest introduction of goalkeepers not having to pass the ball out of their area from a goal kick.
It was evident on Thursday night at Prenton Park and it was evident again at Valley Parade. It will certainly give a new meaning to playing out from the back and defenders will find themselves under even more pressure when the real business begins. 
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