Ange Postecoglou's Melbourne VIctory saw their season end on Sunday against the Central Coast Mariners, 1-0, at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Saturday. Photo courtesy Football Federation Australia.

View from the Melbourne Victory, May 8, 2013

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After the 2012-13 A-League season had ended, Melbourne Victory defender/midfielder Mark Milligan won the Victory Medal as the team’s best player, besting Johnny Warren Medallist Marco Rojas, according to Bren O’Brien for melbournevictory.com.au. Milligan compiled 53 votes to out-point Rojas (47) by six votes, while Adama Traore (42) and Leigh Broxham (31) made up the top four. Milligan, Nick Ansell, Scott Galloway, Jason Geria, Jesse Makarounas and Connor Pain will head to the Central Coast for a training camp involving senior and young Socceroos this month.

Preparations for the 2013-14 A-League season were underway for the Victory, and one of the preseason matches includes a July 24 friendly against Premier League side Liverpool.

“It comes at a good time,” Postecoglou told a packed press conference on Apr. 23, according to Iain Strachan of Omnisport. “We all know the A-League off-season is quite a long one. I think supporters, players, anyone involved gets withdrawal symptoms about a month into pre-season, so the fact that we’ve got this game … the players will have the majority of May off, we’ll be back in training June 1 and we’ll have had six or seven weeks of training before the game, so it kind of fits in perfectly for us.

“(It) gives the players a little bit of a target, with the A-League season not until October it’s a challenge to keep them interested and motivated for that length of time, it’s a great opportunity for us and (as for) what we get out of it … I really just want the players to enjoy the experience of playing against world-class opposition. I’m big on that. We’re quite fortunate in that we play a game that is global.”

With superstars such as England captain Steven Gerrard and controversial Uruguay international Luis Suarez due to travel with Liverpool, Postecoglou expects his young squad to gain invaluable experience when they go up against some of the Premier League’s finest.

“A unique set of circumstances has arisen which allows our players to get on the same pitch as world-class footballers and I just want them to go out there and enjoy the experience,” he said.

“We want it to be an entertaining game, it’s going to be a sell out. We know Liverpool can play a fantastic brand of football, and I think anyone who knows Victory will know that we’re going to try and score goals ourselves, that’s the way we play, and see how we measure up.

“The most important thing is the players – some of them will be teenagers walking off the pitch at the end of the game having made the most of that experience and learned as much as they possibly can and also (we want to) give our supporters something to cheer about. I’m sure by the time the game comes around they’ll be looking for a game of football and they’ll be looking to raise their voice so hopefully we can give them something to cheer about during the game.”

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