Thursday 17 August 2017

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher return for Liverpool as Reds rout Sydney FC in season finale

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool poses in the team line up before the International Friendly match between Sydney FC and Liverpool FC at ANZ Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool poses in the team line up before the International Friendly match between Sydney FC and Liverpool FC at ANZ Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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Liverpool finished off their season in style with a 3-0 win over A-League side Sydney FC with first-half goals from Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino enough to set up a comfortable win in front of 72,892 people at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Former Reds Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Steve McManaman and Daniel Agger all lined out for the visitors in a special one-off appearance, with Gerrard coming close to breaking the deadlock in the opening minutes when he latched onto a Roberto Firmino cross before dragging his first-time shot over the bar.

The former Liverpool captain turned youth team coach was unable to finish from inside the box, however, Liverpool would not have to wait too long for the first goal of the game with Daniel Sturridge nabbing the opener after eight minutes to put the visitors into the lead.

Sturridge received the ball at the edge of the box before skipping past his defender and then bringing him back in the opposite direction, before calmly slotting the ball past Daniel Vukovic in goal and into the bottom left corner.

Alberto Moreno then doubled Liverpool's lead 10 minutes later when he acrobatically volleyed Roberto Firmino's chip past Vukovic to extended Liverpool's lead to two.

Firmino then made it three when he fortuitously guided Sturridge's cross off his thigh and into the back of the net.

Liverpool went into half-time with a 3-0 lead and returned for the second-half where Gerrard and Carragher were replaced by McManaman and Agger to a raucous round of applause.

Trent Alexander-Arnold came close at the death, smashing a right-footed shot off the post from inside the box, but it wasn't meant to be as Liverpool cruised to a rudimentary win.

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