Match Reports

Liverpool 4-0 Borussia Dortmund-Player Ratings: Reds send warning to rivals with 4-0 rout

Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet  6.8

Mignolet did not have one save to make all game in what was a comfortable day for the Reds defence. The Belgium looked composed with his feet, making some good long balls forward.

Defenders

Javier Manquillo   7.7

Manquillo was making his debut at Anfield, but it did not show. The young Spanish star looked comfortable on the ball going forward, making some surging runs forward, but also made some decisive challenges at the back for Liverpool. Manquillo would have impressed Rodgers with this showing and has put in a challenge to start in the league opener against Southampton.

Manquillo impresses on Liverpool debut

Manquillo impresses on Liverpool debut

Martin Skrtel     7.3

Skrtel had a very comfortable day in the heart of defence, but showed that his partnership with new signing Lovren could be key for Liverpool this season. Skrtel won everything in the air and has earned a start next week after his pre-season form and for being Liverpool’s best defender last season.

Dejan Lovren     8.6

The new 20million signing proved what he can give Liverpool this season after an impressive debut. Scored the Reds second goal with a powerful header and also played a part in the first goal with a great pass for Coutinho to flick it on to Sturridge. The Croatian showed real composure on the ball and leadership at the back, making a number of great tackles at the same time. Got a great cross field pass, very similar range to Steven Gerrard surprisingly, and could prove a threat in an attacking sense as well.

Lovren celebrates scoring on debut

Lovren celebrates scoring on debut

Glen Johnson     7.5

Johnson has drawn a lot of criticism for his performances lately, but today was much more of a composed performance at left-back for Johnson. Galloped forward well and proved a threat to the opponents, but also did his defensive duties well at the other end.

Martin Kelly       6.5

Kelly did not have long to make an impression on the game but is far down the pecking order at the moment with Johnson, Flanagan and Manquillo all ahead of him. Needs to up his game if he is to have a future at Liverpool, but has not impressed too much this pre-season.

Jose Enrique     6.7

Enrique is gaining fitness with every game he plays but he could have some real competition in the shape off Alberto Moreno if he signs this week. The Spaniard will prove to be a valuable player this season, even if he doesn’t play every week.

Midfielders

Jordan Henderson   8.0

Henderson has proved this pre-season and last season how important of a player he has become to Liverpool. His energy levels are unmatched and he could easily play 90 minutes every day, such is his fitness. Scored the Reds fourth goal with a tap-in but has proved in pre-season he could score more goals this season. Henderson is one of the first names on the team sheet and that has proved how far he has come, thanks to his attitude.

Emre Can         6.7

Can has impressed a lot of people during pre-season with his strength and speed, but today he could not get involved in the game as he would have liked. Can needed to do more to put his name on the team sheet next week, but is still in for a shot to start.

Steven Gerrard     7.8

Gerrard is proving to be very consistent in his new position and rarely has a bad game now. The Liverpool skipper controlled the tempo of the game, with Dortmund unable to deal with the passing range of Gerrard.

Lucas Leiva       6.9

Came on for Emre Can in the second half and did a good job in protecting the back four. Lucas could not get into the game in an attacking sense which is why Rodgers would prefer to play Allen, Lallana. Coutinho or Can in that position as Lucas is too defensive. The Brazilian has a knack of giving away stupid fouls in bad areas, something he needs to cut out of his game.

Raheem Sterling   8.2

Sterling produced yet another impressive display with Dortmund unable to handle his pace. The 19-year old could be a big player for Liverpool this season and is starting to produce more goals and create chances for other players. Sterling seems to have improved on his defensive skills after tracking back to help out Johnson well, and showed unbelievable strength for such a small lad.

Raheem Sterling catches the eye again after impressive game

Raheem Sterling catches the eye again after impressive game

Coutinho           8.8- Man Of The Match

Coutinho pulled the strings for Liverpool today with everything Liverpool produced came through the young Brazilian. Scored the third goals of the game with a neat finish, something he needs to work on still, but what was more impressive was the flick to Sturridge to open the scoring. Coutinho has been described by Rodgers as the ‘brain of the team’ and that was proven with this performance.

'Brains of the team' Coutinho pulled the strings in midfield

‘Brains of the team’ Coutinho pulled the strings in midfield

Jordan Ibe       6.5

Ibe came on at a time where there was a number of substitutions that affected the game. Could not get involved in the game while he was on the pitch but this could still be the 17-year-olds breakthrough season this year.

Strikers

Daniel Sturridge   8.4

With their being so much talk about replacing Luis Suarez Liverpool already have the perfect player to fill the Uruguayans boots. A delightful outside of the foot finish for the first goal of the game and a wonderful piece of skill and pass to find Henderson for the Reds fourth goal proved he could step up even more this season. If Sturridge can stay fit all season then he will be the man to get the goals that Liverpool need.

We hope to see this celebration plenty more times during the season

We hope to see this celebration plenty more times during the season

Rickie Lambert     6.3

Lambert came on late in the game but once again another uninspired display by the Englishman. With Lambert struggling at the moment Liverpool are in the market for another striker to partner Sturridge or be back up and Lambert does not fit the bill. Good player to have on the bench but would not inspire confidence in Liverpool fans if he were to start for Liverpool this season.

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Liverpool 1-0 Olympiacos-Player Ratings-Liverpool claim narrow first win in International Champions Cup

Goalkeepers

Brad Jones   7.2

Did not put a foot wrong in goal for Liverpool, although he did not have a lot to do. Looked comfortable for set pieces and made a important save in the last couple of minutes to deny Olympiacos a goal.

Defenders

Glen Johnson   5.9

Johnson was Liverpool’s worst defender on the pitch. He constantly gave the ball away in dangerous areas and would not get back down the pitch for his defensive duties when going forward. Johnson did nothing to please Liverpool fans who want Johnson out of the team for the coming season.

Martin Kelly   6.2

Looked comfortable at the back and passed the ball very well while in danger. Got forward a couple of times, but looks more assured in his defensive job. Kelly performed better than Johnson when he was on the pitch, making Liverpool a lot tighter at the back.

Martin Skrtel     8.8-Man Of The Match

Skrtel was superb at the back for Liverpool today and showed manager Brendan Rodgers that he remains Liverpool’s best defender. Skrtel made a number of key interceptions in the game to stop certain goals and looked comfortable while on the ball. Skrtel was dominant in the air winning every header, proving that Lovren should partner Skrtel at the back for Liverpool this season.

Skrtel was impressive at the back

Skrtel was impressive at the back

Kolo Toure       7.3

Toure Came under fire a lot from Liverpool fans last season after a number of costly errors, but put in a comfortable showing for Liverpool in this game. Toure is currently Liverpool fifth choice defender showing they have a vast number of defensive options if needed.

Sebastion Coates   7.0

Coates put in another comfortable showing for Liverpool but it currently way behind in the pecking order for the Reds. Looked solid in the air and showed he is a solid defender that could put him in the shop window for clubs that are interested.

Jose Enrique     7.2

Enrique looks to have recovered from the injury that plagued him last season after another impressive first half showing here. Made some critical interceptions and tackles and got forward when he needed to.

Jack Robinson   6.7

Robinson got forward a number of times but lacks a final ball that will make him a better player, which will hopefully come with experience. Comfortable in defence but was vulnerable when he galloped forward too many times.

Midfielders

Steven Gerrard   8.1

Gerrard showed all of his experience in this game and does not look like he needs pre-season to prepare himself for the coming season. Controlled the tempo of the Liverpool play and made a delightful pass to Sturridge in the build-up to the goal. Made some great tackles and passes in the game and showed why he is such an important player to Liverpool for the coming season.

Gerrard controlled the tempo of Liverpool's play

Gerrard controlled the tempo of Liverpool’s play

Emre Can     7.4

Can only played 45 minutes but looked impressive during the time he was on the pitch. Can showed he’s got good pace and strength to succeed in the Premier League.

Emre Can did not look out of place in Liverpool first team

Emre Can did not look out of place in Liverpool first team

Jordan Henderson     7.8

Henderson played the full 90 minutes and showed what an engine he has. Ran all day and showed great link-up play with his fellow midfield players and forwards. Henderson will be a key player for Liverpool this season with his engine and work effort being pivotal to the Liverpool cause.

Lucas Leiva         6.3

Lucas has a point to prove to Rodgers to prove he should be in Liverpool’s first team plans, but on the basis of this performance Liverpool have better options. Gave away a number of needless free-kicks, which he consistently does, and did not look good on the ball.

Joe Allen           6.2

Allen had a very similar performance to Lucas and ultimately failed to impress once again. Allen gave away the ball a number of times, with one of them very nearly costly. The Welshman could not get his passing together and ended a number of Liverpool attacks.

Lazar Markovic   7.5

Markovic made an impressive debut and gave glimpses of what he is about. Markovic was at his best when running at defenders and had a decent chance but curled it over the bar. The Serbian showed Rodgers he could be a key player this season after showing good signs here.

Markovic looked lively on debut

Markovic looked lively on debut

Raheem Sterling   8.2

Sterling scored the only goal of the game and showed great instinct and finishing to get into the position and finish it off. Sterling looked lively all game and was always on the move. With the departure of Suarez then Sterling could be in for a big season this year.

Sterling scored the only goal of the game

Sterling scored the only goal of the game

Coutinho             7.4

Coutinho looked good on the ball and always looked dangerous on the ball. The Brazilian looks more dangerous when playing in a more central position but still threatened from the wing. Coutinho made a number of superb passes and linked up well with the forward players.

Jordan Ibe           6.3

Ibe did not get to many minutes to make his mark on the game but looked lively. Ibe made a number of good runs and put in Joe Allen for a great chance at the end of the game after a superb run and pass.

Forwards

Daniel Sturridge       6.8

Sturridge had a very quiet game in front of goal but showed goo link up with the midfielders. The England international scuffed a shot that deflected to Sterling for the goal but did not have the chance to get around the box as he would have liked.

Rickie Lambert   6.5

Lambert came on in the closing minutes off the game but held the ball well up front to take the pressure of the defenders.

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Preston 1-2 Liverpool-Ibe stars in victory for Liverpool

Goalkeepers

Brad Jones  7.6

A good performance from Brad Jones, could not do anything about the goal. Made a number of good saves throughout the game and looked confident when collecting crosses.

Defenders

Martin Kelly 5.8

Did not look sharp for the second game in a row and lost a number of balls in the first half. He Will need to improve if he wants to impress Rodgers.

Jon Flanagan   7.2

Flanagan was Liverpool’s best defender in the first half. He looked comfortable on the ball and attacked more in his natural right-back position, when he swapped positions. Flanagan looked comfortable in defence and would have impressed Rodgers so far.

Martin Skrtel   6.2

Did not have a lot to do but was guilty of being complacent throughout the match. Skrtel looked strong in the air as normal, but did show rustiness a few times throughout the match.

Andre Wisdom 5.9

Wisdom did not have a good day and it is no surprise that Rodgers does not consider Wisdom in his first team plans. Looked weak on and off the ball and lacked pace a number of times during the game. A loan spell in the Premier League will suit Wisdom well.

Kevin Stewart    6.5

A much better appearance for Stewart as he looked more comfortable on the ball, and did not give away the ball. In the last game he gave away the ball for the goal and never looked like a player that was confident, but this was a much better run-out for the young full-back.

Sebastion Coates   6.7

Did not have a lot to do when he came on the pitch but whenever called upon he produced. He looked strong and comfortable on the ball, Coates showed that he has gotten over his injury but whether Rodgers considers him in frame for the first team is yet to be seen.

Lloyd Jones     6.5

Helped tighten things up at the back and worked well with Coates. Very comfortable but did not have a lot to do when he came on.

Jack Robinson     6.3

Did not really make an impression for himself and was replaced by Enrique later on in the game. Did not go forward many times but did look comfortable defensively.

Jose Enrique     6.8

Only made a short 20 minute appearance, but did show his quality during that time. Gave Liverpool another option going forward and looked fit and raring to go for the new season.

Midfielders

Lucas Leiva     6.6

Made some very good tackles while on the pitch, but if he is to fit into Rodgers plans then he will need to be better on the ball, as he gave away the ball a few times. Looked lively defensively and did help out the defence well.

Joe Allen       6.1

Did not look like a senior player on the pitch. Too many times he watching the play and not showing the determination he needs to. Good on the ball when the Welshman had it, but did not show determination to make his mark on the game,

Emre Can     7.1

Only played 20 minutes due to him being taken off as a precaution. During those minutes he controlled the tempo of the game and looked comfortable on and off the ball. An impressive brif appearance and if he can show this in the Premier League he could be in for a big season at Liverpool.

Can impressed despite going off early

Can impressed despite going off early

Phillipe Coutinho  7.4

Showed what he is all about and another impressive performance from the Brazilian. Showed great feet, dominant on the ball and surprisingly show better strength.

Coutinho impressed once again

Coutinho impressed once again

Jordan Ibe     9.2- Man Of The Match

A great performance again by Jordan Ibe, adding another 2 assists to his name. Great runs for both off the goals and showed real determination to get into attacking position. Got a very good pass on him, but again needs to improve his finishing as he had a great chance in the first half.

Jordan Ibe set up both goals

Jordan Ibe set up both goals

Connor Coady   6.9

Coady is a very good tackler of the ball and made a difference when he came on. Looked comfortable on the ball and made a few bursting runs forward, overall a good performance for Coady when he came on.

Jordan Rossiter 7.9

Made a real difference when he came on the pitch. Made some great tackles and ran the show in the midfield when he was on the pitch. Still only 18 and could have a good future at Liverpool if he can progress to the next level.

Suso   8.5

Suso impressed on the left side of midfield, scoring a great curling equalising goal. Cut inside on his left foot and looked a danger when he did. Got a good shot on him, as he showed with the goal and has an eye for goal, could be a good player for Liverpool this season.

Suso scored a stunning first goal and impressed throughout the game

Suso scored a stunning first goal and impressed throughout the game

Adam Phillips  6.5

Phillips played just the 10 minutes, so not really a lot of time to make an impact on the game. Did not have a lot of touches on the ball as Liverpool were seeing the game out when he came on.

Krisztian Adorjan   6.6

Looked comfortable on the ball and showed good link up play with Peterson. Did not see a lot of the ball but when he did he would rarely play a bad pass.

Strikers

Rickie Lambert     6.6

Lambert did not see a lot of the ball, but did show glimpses off what he can do. Will need to improve his performances if he is going to make the starting eleven and perhaps at times showed the occasion got to him.

Rickie Lambert made his Liverpool debut

Rickie Lambert made his Liverpool debut

Fabio Borini       6.1

Borini is on the verge of a move to Sunderland and this is likely to be his last appearance for Liverpool. Showed that his head was not at Liverpool and did not make an impact on the game.

Kristoffer Peterson   8.3

Peterson Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers what he is about, scoring the winning goal of the game. Scored in the loss to Brondby and showed his poachers instinct for his second Liverpool goal. Made some great runs throughout the game and showed that he links up extremely well with Jordan Ibe.

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Liverpool hold firm against resilient Aston Villa

Liverpool earned their second 1-0 victory in the space of a week as they held firm against a resilient Aston Villa team.

Aston Villa went into this match in good form as they beat Arsenal in a stunning 3-1 display last Saturday and they battled Chelsea to a narrow 2-1 defeat where they deserved a point. Liverpool’s task was to stop a firing Benteke who had scored 3 goals in 2 games against top opposition.

Liverpool named an unchanged line-up from the team that beat Stoke City 1-0 comfortably, with new signing Aly Cissokho starting on the bench.

Liverpool were aiming to make their best start to a season since the 2008-09 season by getting 2 wins from 2.

Liverpool certainly made a positive start to the match as they dominated possession and dictating all the play, but chances were coming hard to come by for Liverpool. Countinho’s 15th minute curler was the closest Liverpool came in the opening 15 minutes of the game.

However just after the 20 minute mark the deadlock was finally broken, and deservedly, broken by Liverpool.

It was a well worked team goal as Enrique looked for Coutinho, who got a shout from Sturridge to dummy it, which he obliged and the ball ran into Sturridge’s path who showed nimble footwork to dance beyond several challenges and slam the ball into the roof of the net.

Sturridge breaks the deadlock

Sturridge breaks the deadlock

The visitors kept control of the game for the rest of the half, but with four minutes until half-time Simon Mignolet was called into action with a full stretch save from Christian Benteke’s curler.

Moments after Villa continued their first good spell in the match as Andres Weimann had a powerful shot deflected just over the bar for a corner.

Liverpool introduced new signing Aly Cissokho to the match for Iago Aspas, as they looked to close off the match.

Cissokho makes Liverpool debut

Cissokho makes Liverpool debut

Villa continued to pressurise the Liverpool defence as Kolo Toure’s headed clearance found its way invitingly for Gabriel Agbonlahor who volleyed the ball agonisingly wide.

Toure challenges Benteke

Toure challenges Benteke

Then, on 86 minutes, a bouncing ball was latched onto by Christian Benteke in the box who lashed a powerful strike towards goal, with Liverpool’s Belgium stopper turning the ball round the post brilliantly.

Liverpool had a late penalty appeal turned down as Sturridge rounded the keeper, with Brad Guzan making contact with Sturridge with the ref turning down a certain penalty.

Liverpool held on for a well worked three points as Liverpool make it two wins from two in the league so far.

Gerrard celebrates Liverpool's second successive win

Gerrard celebrates Liverpool’s second successive win

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Mignolet saves Liverpool in a deserving 1-0 victory

Rodgers celebrates a big win for Liverpool

Rodgers celebrates a big win for Liverpool

Liverpool begun the new season with a 1-0 win over Stoke City with a stunning 25-yard strike from Daniel Sturridge, with Mignolet saving Liverpool with a last minute penalty save.

Liverpool dominated much of the match after hitting the crossbar three times during the match, emphasising how much they dominated.

Mignolet made himself an instant kop hero by saving a 88th minute penalty from Stoke City striker Jonathon Walters.

The excitement around the start of the season was emphasised by Liverpool’s bright start to the game, with the Reds hitting the crossbar and scoring an offside goal in the first quarter of an hour.

Stoke had a great chance when Mignolet struggled to handle former Reds striker Peter Crouch and parried the ball straight to defender Robert Huth, who volleyed the ball onto the crossbar with a gaping goal.

Shortly after, Liverpool were celebrating a goal through striker Daniel Sturridge from a brilliant free-kick from Steven Gerrard which found Sturridge’s head and the England striker put the ball into the back of the net, until the referee called for a, rightful, offside decision.

Liverpool continued to press when a corner found its way to debutant Kolo Toure who blasted his header onto the crossbar, with Sturridge’s follow up going high and wide.

Toure smashes the crossbar

Toure smashes the crossbar

Stoke goalkeeper had a sublime game and was called into action numerous times before Liverpool broke the deadlock.

After Aspas hit the ball straight at the Bosnian goalkeeper, he found a sublime pass to find Jose Enrique who hit the ball straight at Begovic.

Coutinho eye for a pass was evident again here in this match after he slid a ball through for Jordan Henderson, but Begovic rushed out to prevent Henderson from getting a left footed shot in.

The brilliant Stoke keeper though was powerless to stop a sublime Sturridge strike as Liverpool finally broke the deadlock.

Quick interplay in the Reds midfield found Sturridge who struck an unstoppable strike from 25 yards out and found its way into the corner of the net beautifully.

Sturridge celebrates breaking the deadlock for Liverpool

Sturridge celebrates breaking the deadlock for Liverpool

The Potters kept on fighting though as Mignolet had to acrobatically get across his goal to prevent a curling effort from Stoke striker Jonathon Walters. Lucas then had to nod a Ryan Shawcross header of the line to keep Liverpool in it going into halftime.

Liverpool continued to impress in the second half as they looked for a second goal and were unlucky not have extended their lead before the hour mark in the match.

Coutinho whipped in a cross and Sturridge failed to connect with the ball, but it fell to Henderson who blasted his strike straight at Asmir Begovic.

Sturridge then had a chance to double his tally when he fired the ball from a tight angle for begovic to knock onto the post. From the resulting corner summer signing Iago Aspas, who impressed, glanced his header just wide of the post.

Aspas continued to impress as he teed up Jordan Henderson, who cut across the ball with a sweeping striker that agonisingly nailed the far post.

As Liverpool closed in on the win, Daniel Agger was ruled to have handballed the ball inside the penalty box and Stoke were awarded a last minute penalty to level the game.

Stoke striker Jonathon Walters stepped up to take the penalty and was dramatically stopped by a impressive penalty save from new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, sealing a vital three points for Liverpool.

Mignolet saves a penalty from Stoke City's Walters

Mignolet saves a penalty from Stoke City’s Walters

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Spaniards star as Reds extend streak

Liverpool extended their pre-season winning streak to six matches on Wednesday evening with an enjoyable 4-1 victory over Norwegian outfit Valerenga at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo.

In front of the club’s principal owner, John Henry, the Reds maintained their impressive form through goals from Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Martin Kelly and Raheem Sterling; their clean sheet record was ended by Giancarlo Gonzalez, though.

The pre-match team news had confirmed nine changes to the Liverpool team which celebrated Steven Gerrard’s testimonial by beating Olympiacos on Saturday – Joe Allen and Aspas the two men to retain their starting berth.

An incisive burst by Stewart Downing served notice of Liverpool’s threat to the hosts as early as the third minute. The winger knocked the ball around his marker and showed lightning pace to collect the ball on the other side, before drilling a centre which Jordon Ibe was unfortunate not to connect with.

First-half captain Jordan Henderson whipped a free-kick high and wide in the eighth minute and Allen trained his sights with a wayward effort shortly after. Continuing the theme, Ibe skipped beyond two challenges to work space – a rash shot followed, though.

Aspas then had two inviting opportunities to break the deadlock on the quarter-hour. Downing claimed possession and drove forward in a two-on-one scenario, releasing the Spaniard to blast goalwards. Saved.

The summer signing swung a boot seconds later at the left edge of the box but his strike drifted the wrong side of the far post after taking a deflection. The subsequent corner looped off Andre Wisdom and briefly scared home goalkeeper Gudmund Taksdal Kongshavn, and Ibe directed an attempt off target as the Reds established control.

A wonderfully slick passing move, prompted by Alberto, Allen and Downing, provided time and freedom for Ibe to work a reactive Kongshavn once more. If that save was impressive, his next was inexplicable.

Jon Flanagan supported on the left flank and curled a perfect delivery into the area for Downing, who will still be wondering how his stabbed strike was kept out by the stopper’s head.

But Kongshavn’s charmed goal was finally breached within moments.

Aspas’ clever chip bounced away off the crossbar and when the Norwegians failed to clear, Alberto volleyed a precise finish into the bottom corner to secure a 31st-minute lead.

It lasted just four minutes, however. Valerenga defender Gonzalez was the dominant aerial force from an inswinging corner and sent a powerful header flying past the palms of Brad Jones.

But the visitors nevertheless entered half-time 2-1 ahead as Aspas finally beat Kongshavn, tapping home a simple finish after a perfect set-up by the effervescent Downing. The break precipitated 10 changes by manager Brendan Rodgers, with only Wisdom remaining on the pitch.

With Oussama Assaidi and Raheem Sterling operating with fresh pace on either flank, the Reds started the second period brightly and extended their advantage further after 54 minutes.

Valerenga struggled to deal with a corner which landed plum in the centre of the penalty box and it was defender Kelly who forced the ball over the line for 3-1. Within 60 seconds, another set-piece worried the home side and Kolo Toure thumped a header against the bar.

Fabio Borini was equally close to adding a fourth for Liverpool as he capitalised on a loose ball, rounded the goalkeeper and aimed for goal from a narrowing angle. It rolled all the way along the line but refused to hit the net.

The Italian crashed another effort from 20 yards against the crossbar as the clock ticked into the final 15 minutes, before Sterling slotted home in the closing moments so that the Reds could celebrate a sixth straight success.

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Allen and Henderson wrap up special day at Anfield

It was an iconic day at Anfield today as the fans paid tribute to Kop legend Steven Gerrard’s legendary one club career. Goals from Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson sealed a impressive win in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial match.

A sell out crowd packed Anfield as they honoured Steven Gerrard’s glittering 15 year career with the Reds.

Iconic Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler started on the bench for the Reds, but both made appearances to pay tribute to Steven Gerrard.

The Reds dominated proceedings of the match from start to finish and gave their Greek opponents Olympicos no chances at all.

Just four minutes into the match Allen would find Iago Aspas with a great pass but the new signing was unfortunately denied a goal as the keeper did well to save from close range.

The pair continued to link up well, initially coming agonisingly close before their dividends paid off immediately after.

An extravagant flick from Aspas found Joe Allen in the six yard box delightfully but the 23-year-old, somehow, fired the ball on the half-volley over the bar before his shooting boots were back on seconds later.

The combination linked up delightfully again as Aspas fired in a ball across the goal, finding Allen in yards of space as he tapped the ball into a gaping goal to make it 1-0 Liverpool.

Joe Allen scores Liverpool first game

Joe Allen scores Liverpool first game

Liverpool continued to press for the ball and Glen Johnson nearly scored Liverpool’s second just five minutes later.

The energetic full back cut inside onto his left foot before piling in a powerful strike, which flew just wide of the post.

Steven Gerrard was pulling the strings in the centre of the park but so nearly set up Joe Allen, in which Allen should of scored his second of the game.

The Liverpool skipper whipped in the ball from the right hand side finding Allen perfectly in the box, but the Welshman couldn’t get enough contact on his header as he headed down and wide.

Liverpool continued in the same vain in the second half as Countinho find Raheem Sterling with a fantastic pass, with the 18-year-old latching onto the pass but his effort bounced just wide of the post after a composed chip over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Sterling’s passing accuracy could not be questioned shortly after though after his defence splitting pass found substitute Henderson who chipper over the keeper to find the back of the net to make it 2-0 Liverpool, only being on the pitch for twelve seconds.

Henderson celebrates with Jamie Carragher as Henderson scores Liverpool's second

Henderson celebrates with Jamie Carragher as Henderson scores Liverpool’s second

With just less than 20 minutes remaining of the match Liverpool introduced former Reds idol Robbie Fowler to the fray of the match.

A near dream scenario happened for Liverpool as Suarez found Gerrard with the captain finding Robbie Fowler with a great pass but his shot deflected into the side netting.

Fowler comes close to scoring

Fowler comes close to scoring

In the closing minutes of the game, Steven Gerrard was withdrawn for Jay Spearing so the Anfield skipper could get a well deserved standing ovation from a rapturous Anfield crowd.

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Coutinho and co sign off in style

Coutinho celebrates Reds first goal

Coutinho celebrates Reds first goal

Liverpool recorded a fourth straight pre-season win as they signed off their 2013 summer tour with a 3-0 victory over the Thailand national team.

Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Steven Gerrard scored the goals on a day when many of Brendan Rodgers’ senior players featured for 90 minutes for the first time this summer.

The squad will now head straight for the airport, waving goodbye to their incredible Thai supporters and flying home to Merseyside.

Coutinho might have opened the scoring on 11 minutes but his extravagance in scissor-kicking Glen Johnson’s superb floating cross did not pay dividends.

But the Brazilian wouldn’t be denied for long. On 16 minutes he pick-pocketed possession before displaying outrageous footwork that left his pursuer floored and opened space to slot into the bottom corner.

The Reds continued to create chances against a national side who knocked China for five recently, while Thailand’s best effort in the first half was a rocket shot from 20 yards that Simon Mignolet had to be sharp to palm away.

Within four minutes of the restart it was 2-0 when Coutinho threaded a ball towards Aspas, who beat a defender with a Maradona spin before placing the ball beyond the goalkeeper’s reach to claim his third goal since clinching a transfer from Celta Vigo.

It was Gerrard who chipped in next on 59 minutes as Joe Allen sprinted clear in midfield, feeding Aspas, who in turn laid the ball off to his skipper. Gerrard – the undisputed star attraction for fans during the tour – showed poise to dink over the flailing defenders and ‘keeper.

Aspas and Fabio Borini then made way for Luis Suarez and Jordon Ibe but there wasn’t the raft of early changes we saw in previous tour encounters.

Kolo Toure and Coutinho – who both missed the Reds’ last game through injury – were replaced by Martin Skrtel and Jordan Henderson, while everyone else lasted until the closing stages or the final whistle.

Away from the sidelines, Suarez and Gerrard both hit the crossbar, Henderson had an effort stopped on the line and Ibe blasted into the side netting – but the passionate fans who filled the Thai national stadium were not treated to any more goals.

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Suarez returns in 2-0 victory for Liverpool

Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez returned in a 2-0 Liverpool win against Melbourne Victory at the jam packed MCG Arena in Australia.

All the build-up before the match was the 40,000,001 million bid that Arsenal made for the Liverpool star, and Suarez made sure all the talk was still on him as he singlehandedly set up Iago Aspas for a tap-in to make it 2-0.

Goals from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Iago Aspas put the game to bed against a resilient Melbourne Victory team, but the fans were eagerly anticipating Suarez’s arrival just past the 70th minute mark off the match.

Liverpool got there first chance of the match in the 5th minute as Steven Gerrard played a beautiful ball over the top for Raheem Sterling who struck the ball just wide off the post. The 18-year-old continued to look lively as he hit a ball from outside of the box just too narrowly fly over the ball.

Raheem Sterling looked lively once again.

Raheem Sterling looked lively once again.

Melbourne Victory were giving Liverpool a tough game when they had their first chance in the 20th minute as Navoo struck the ball from distance but Brad Jones comfortably saved.

Steven Gerrard was Liverpool’s star performer as he played from a deeper position picking his moments when to surge forward. In the 20th minute the ball was played to Gerrard by Sterling but the 33-year-old had his deflected shot saved by the Melbourne Victory keeper.

It was the Liverpool captain who gave Liverpool the lead as his back heel found Joe Allen who waited and bided his time and was looking for Fabio Borini, but the resulting ball fell to Gerrard inside the box for the skipper to finish it into the bottom corner.

Gerrard celebrates his goal as he impresses in Australia

Gerrard celebrates his goal as he impresses in Australia

Gerrard continued to look lively as Jordan Ibe used great skill to get past his marker before striking the ball at the keeper, with the bouncing ball finding its way to Gerrard to blast just over the bar.

Liverpool made no changes at half-time and started the second half brightly. Martin Skrtel had a header from a Steven Gerrard corner touched just over by the keeper but the Slovakian defender had to be alert at the dangers of the other end of the pitch as a low ball was delivered in and Skrtel had to slide in to clear for a corner.

Borini lightened up in the second half with two good chances the first being a great half-volley that was powerfully hit towards the keeper and the second was fantastic improvisation from the Italian as he received the ball before using a overhead kick to narrowly strike the ball just wide of the post.

Liverpool made whole sail changes in 71st minute with the whole team coming off and the expected return of Luis Suarez to a standing ovation by the 95,000 Australian fans that came to see Liverpool play.

Suarez returns to Liverpool action

Suarez returns to Liverpool action

Suarez never made his mark until the 90th minute when he thread a ball through to Iago Aspas, who struck the ball at the near post but the keeper got there to put it for a corner. The same combination worked from the corner as Downing played it short for Suarez who teased the ball in the box before finding Iago Aspas for a simple tap-in to make it 2-0 Liverpool and a good work out for them in Australia.

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Liverpool ease to victory against Indonesia XI

Liverpool stroll to victory

Liverpool stroll to victory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool kicked of their tour in style as they comfortably beat Indonesia XI in their first clash of their three game tour.

Liverpool started brightly with a goal in the 10th minute from Brazilian Coutinho and then wrapped it up late on when Raheem Sterling found the back of the net.

Reminiscent of Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Preston, Coutinho scored the first goal, where the Brazilian’s attempted pass to Luis Alberto ricocheted back to him, allowing the 21-year-old to surge into the box and coolly slide the ball under the diving Kurnia Meiga, scoring his second goal in pre-season.

There was not much action in the next 20 minutes until Liverpool came agonisingly close to extending their lead when Stewart Downing met a Jose Enrique cross with a side-footed half volley, with the keeper doing well to smother the ball on the half hour mark.

Minutes later Liverpool were again agonisingly close when Luis Alberto received the ball on the edge of the box from fellow Spaniard Iago Aspas and shifted the ball across before sending the ball crashing of the crossbar.

Despite all the preasure that the Reds mounted Indonesia XI nearly found the back with a 30 yard strike.

The forward drilled the ball from 30 yards and Simon Mignolet had a chance to showcase his skills as he dived across and sent the troubling effort wide.

Iago Aspas was unlucky not to find the back of the net 10 minutes after the restart with some good movement from the Spaniard. Aspas raced clear from the Indonesian defence and rounded the goalkeeper before firing high and wide due to the ball bobbling up on the very dodgy turf.

Liverpool made a whole sail of changes with 25 minutes to go, with winger Raheem Sterling making the best impact.

Sterling first touch of the ball was a stunning 30 yard strike that rendered the goalkeeper useless but flew just wide of the post. The 18-year-old would then be the second player to be outdone by the crossbar when Oussama Assiadi whipped in the ball to Borini who missed the ball, but Sterling was waiting behind the Italian where he moved his body position quickly before powerfully driving the ball to the top of the crossbar.

Sterling’s efforts, though, paid dividends in the 88th minute of the match with a counterattack started by Ibe making a very impressive run to find Assaidi, who unselfishly found Sterling for a simple tap-in inside the box to make it 2-0 in a very comfortable game for the Reds.

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