Reds left to rue loss, Borini injury

SETBACK: Reds striker Borini picked up a shoulder injury.


    Jul 25, 2014

    Reds left to rue loss, Borini injury


    A 90TH-MINUTE own goal saw Liverpool go down 1-0 to AS Roma, but an early spill left striker Fabio Borini with a much more worrisome right-shoulder injury.

    The 23-year-old Italian striker, a former Roma standout before coming to Liverpool, fell after an early tackle and came up holding his shoulder on Wednesday.

    Liverpool said during the match that Borini's shoulder was not dislocated but further examination was needed, in a setback during the opening minutes of the English Premier League side's pre-season United States tour.

    The only goal of the match came in the dying seconds of regular time, when Roma's Marco Borriello bent his right leg and redirected a corner kick off Danish Liverpool defender Daniel Agger and into the net.

    Borriello, a 32-year-old Italian striker, had been on loan to Juventus, Genoa and West Ham over the past three seasons.

    In other North American pre-season friendlies involving English and Major League Soccer clubs, Tottenham edged hosts Toronto 3-2, Aston Villa blanked Dallas 2-0 and Manchester City beat Sporting Kansas City 4-1.

    Liverpool, who inserted teenager Adam Phillips in the final minutes and saw him receive a yellow card for a rough tackle, played for the second time in three years at Fenway Park, the iconic 102-year-old stadium that serves as home to baseball's Boston Red Sox.

    American John Henry, who owns the Red Sox and Liverpool, watched his football club walk onto the pitch to the tune of You'll Never Walk Alone.

    Henry said to NBC at half-time that this year's Uefa Champions League "is a huge focus for us and we brought in a lot of depth to compete in both arenas".