Ashley Cole featured as Roma triumphed over Liverpool at Fenway Park in Boston with a last-minute deflected goal, but there was a lot for Brendan Rodgers to be happy with.
Liverpool played well against the Italians in the Buick Trophy encounter and Philippe Coutinho looked especially impressive.
While the lack of Luis Suarez will be keenly felt, there was no doom and gloom for a Liverpool side that acquitted itself well.
There was a potential injury blow for Rodgers when Fabio Borini went off with a shoulder injury after around 10 minutes but most of the squad got the chance to ease towards match fitness and the second half was impressive, even if the first period dragged.
Cole made his first proper start for Roma since his free agent switch in the summer and was tested much more thoroughly than he was in 33 minutes against Indonesia's Under-23 side.
And the ex-Chelsea man impressed by setting up the best chance of a lethargic first 45 minutes when he latched on to a Radja Nainggolan ball and cut it back for Francesco Totti, who could only knee it wide of Brad Jones's post.
Roma also gave Juan Iturbe a first chance to impress since he snubbed Juventus for the Eternal City side and he looked sharp.
Coutinho caused Roma frequent problems and set up a good opportunity for Rickie Lambert, but the England international's shot was saved by Lukasz Skorupski in the Giallorossi goal.
A number of substitutions took the pace out of the game and it looked to be headed for a draw and a penalty shootout when Roma struck.
Liverpool were slightly slow in their marking from a corner allowing Marco Borriello to meet the ball first and the deflection off Daniel Agger took the ball in.
Roma will be pleased with the result and a solid performance, but Liverpool looked the better side for much of the 90 minutes.
ROMA (4-3-3): Skorupski (Lobont 62); Somma (Balasa 62), Benatia (Romagnoli 46), Castan (Calabresi 62), Cole (Emanuelson 62); Florenzi (Uçan 62), Keita (Pettinari 62), Nainggolan (Paredes 62); Iturbe (Destro 45), Totti (Borriello 62), Ljajic (Sanabria 62). A disp. Golubovic, Capradossi
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Jones; Kelly, Skrtel, Coates (Agger 62), Enrique (Robinson 45); Lucas, Allen (Henderson 77), Coutinho (Phillips 85); Borini (Emre Can 12), Lambert (Peterson 62), Ibe (Suso 77)
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