AC Milan head coach Filippo Inzaghi admits his side are still "naive" in their play after their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Goals from Joe Allen and Suso secured a victory for Brendan Rodgers' side despite Milan enjoying strong spells for much of the match, particularly in the second half.
The result brings to an end a dismal run of pre-season games in America in which the Rossoneri also lost 5-1 to Manchester City and 3-0 to Olympiakos, but their coach was encouraged by the improvements he saw within the performance.
"I'm sorry for the result, but it was the response I was expecting. There was a good reaction. I don't remember our goalkeeper making a save, whereas Simon Mignolet was called into action," he told the club's official website.
"We have to continue with this spirit and desire. For the lads, I can only say that we must continue, and when we face teams in Italy our character will come out.
"We conceded two goals when we had possession, but I am the one asking them to play from the back. We are Milan and we can't just fire the ball up field. Perhaps we are a bit naive.
"While in the other games we struggled, here we played on a par with one of the best teams in Europe.
"We're starting to see traces of the Milan I want, especially in terms of determination. There is a good spirit and we have to work from there.
"This team needs to shake off some of the fear and anxiety from last season and I think this game can help give a lot of confidence."
M'Baye Niang was a positive spark for Milan, causing a real handful for the Liverpool defence from his wide position, and Inzaghi believes the Frenchman could become a top-class player if he is allowed time to develop properly.
"Niang is doing well, he has a good attitude and I don't think there are many players born in December 1994 who are this good. We need to give him time and confidence," he added.