Boston - A 90th-minute own goal Wednesday cost Liverpool a
1-0 loss 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 on an early tackle and came up holding his
Liverpool said during the match that Borini's shoulder was
not dislocated but further examination was needed in a tough setback during the
opening minutes of the English Premier League side's pre-season US 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, has been on loan
to Juventus, Genoa and West Ham United over the past three seasons.
In other North American pre-season friendlies involving
English clubs and Major League Soccer clubs Wednesday, Tottenham edged host
Toronto 3-2, Aston Villa blanked Dallas 2-0, Manchester City beat Sporting
Kansas City 4-1 and Manchester United thumped the Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 at the
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard played his first match since
announcing Monday he was retiring from international play for England after
serving as English captain at the World Cup last month.
Roma has signed England's Ashley Cole, who said he had US
offers but "I'm not ready to relax on a beach yet."
Liverpool, which inserted teen 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.
John Henry, the American who owns the Red Sox and Liverpool,
watched his football club walk onto the pitch to "You'll Never Walk
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."
Liverpool also parted ways with 27-year-old Uruguayan
striker Luis Suarez after his infamous World Cup bite of Italy's Giorgio
Chiellini, the latest in a serious of controversial moves for the Premier
League Golden Boot winner.