Liverpool have beat A-League champions Sydney FC with a comfortable 3-0 victory at a packed ANZ Stadium in Australia, in a post season friendly.
Before the game kicked off, the crowds sang a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” followed by a minutes silence for those that lost their lives in Manchester the previous day.
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Jurgen Klopp’s squad included four former stars Steven Gerrard, brought out of retirement for the match, Jamie Carragher, Steve McManaman and Daniel Agger, all of which made 45 minute appearances during the match in front of a 72,892 crowd.
Daniel Sturridge scored the opener early on in the 7th minute after Sydney’s Josh Brillante lost the ball in his defensive half and Liverpool counterattacked swiftly. Sturridge scored a classy low finish past Sydney FC keeper Danny Vukovic.
The lead was doubled 10 minutes later by Albert Moreno with the best goal of the game. Roberto Firmino found some space on the edge of the box and he played a cheeky scoop over the backline to the onrushing Spanish left-back who adjusted his feet well and smashed it home from 10 yards!
Firmino got his name on the scoresheet before the break when Wilkinson’s clearance of a Sturridge cross was deflected towards goal. The Brazilian spared Wilkinson the blushes of an own goal, bundling the ball past Vukovic, to seal the game.
The first half was totally dominated by Liverpool and Sydney’s best effort was David Carney’s shot that hit the bar right on the half time whistle.
With his men still recovering from their long journey, Klopp rang the changes at half-time. Adam Lallana came on and took the armband and he was joined by Joel Matip, McManaman and Agger, as well as host of Liverpool youngsters.
The tempo of the game was lost in the second half, although in the end it was an easy win for Klopp’s men.