James Milner welcomed full-blooded contest against Chelsea - despite red card challenge

Liverpool's James Milner

Liverpool and Chelsea played out a feisty pre-season friendly in the International Champions Cup in Los Angeles.

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas (C) in action with Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan before he gets a red cardChelsea's Cesc Fabregas (C) in action with Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan before he gets a red card

Liverpool midfielder James Milner saw little harm in their contest with Chelsea being full-blooded as the Reds went down to a 1-0 defeat in Los Angeles.

A Gary Cahill goal in the early stages of the game settled the contest while Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a challenge on Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan. 

Milner has told the official Liverpool website: "I think it shows both teams wanted to win and there's that competitive edge there.

Liverpool's James MilnerLiverpool's James Milner

"So even though the result isn't that important, we wanted to win and [put in] 100 per cent tackles - both teams were the same.

"I don't think the pitch helped with the tackles, it was a bit dry at times and the ball got caught up in your feet so that might have added to it."

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno (R) in action with Chelsea's WillianLiverpool's Alberto Moreno (R) in action with Chelsea's Willian

Fabregas's challenge wasn't the only fierce challenge with Liverpool's Alberto Moreno was booked early on for a challenge on Willian.

In terms of the contest being full blooded, so long as there aren't any any injuries that can't be quickly shaken off then there is no harm in it ahead of the new season - if anything it could probably help for the challenges of the campaign that lies ahead. 

Both teams seem to have found their competitive edge just over two weeks before the Premier League season gets underway, and they will be hoping for a better playing surface than they one they found at the Rose Bowl. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp after the matchLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp after the match

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