CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The International Champions Cup final won't feel like a friendly game to Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers.
That's no surprise, considering that Liverpool will face English Premier League rival Manchester United in Miami on Monday night.
Liverpool beat AC Milan 2-0 on Saturday night to reach the final in the eight-team tournament.
Joe Allen and Suso scored to help Liverpool finish 3-0 in group play. Manchester United topped Real Madrid 3-1 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to win its group at 3-0.
"I don't think many of our games are (friendly)," Rodgers said. "You've seen this in other games, and Manchester has certainly been competitive. They've got top players, and to top players, every game is a competition. There's never too many friendlies. Obviously, Monday's game will be equally competitive."
Liverpool and Manchester United have a combined 121 titles in domestic and European competition, including 38 Premier League and eight European Cup titles.
"It's more than football — it's life," Rodgers said. "It's two cities that aren't very far apart, and historically they've always been huge rivals. It's probably the biggest game in the world, and for it to be here in the United States is going to be great. They're two of the biggest clubs in Britain. They're two of the biggest clubs in the world."