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Neither attacking midfielder was used by the Reds manager in their 1-0 defeat by Roma at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, having not trained extensively beforehand

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that new signings Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic are likely to make their pre-season bows against Olympiakos on Sunday.

The £45 million pair did not feature as the Reds were beaten 1-0 by Roma at Fenway Park on Wednesday as they had not trained extensively beforehand but the Northern Irishman expects them to be involved in Chicago.

"They only really began training on Monday," he explained to reporters of the attacking midfield duo.

"I put Jordan Henderson in because of his level of fitness. Jordan could play 10 games on the spin because he's so fit and strong. It was nice to give him a 15-minute period at the end but those players, like young Markovic, who is an exceptional talent, will be involved when we arrive in Chicago."

Both Liverpool and Roma struggled to create many clear-cut chances in Boston before Marco Borriello's scrappy 90th-minute winner but, despite losing two of three pre-season ganesso far, Rodgers is adamant that results are unimportant – until theirs Premier League campaign starts against Southampton on August 17.

He declared: "It's not about results at this stage. The most important result for me is the first game of the season.

"You have a choice - you can play friendlies that probably make you win every game and you might not find anything out. We've got a really tough set of fixtures over the course of the pre-season.

"We've got a great tour out here and then we go back and within a few days we'll play Borussia Dortmund. We're really pitching ourselves in at a good level to get a good gauge.

"The most important objective is that we're in a really good physical condition for our first game of the season, against Southampton, and that, technically and tactically, we'll have honed up all of the principles and ideas that have made us so successful in the last couple of years. That will be the most important result for us."