Europa League

August 9, 2012



3 - 0


Europa League

19:05 +00:00, August 9, 2012

Anfield, England

Referee: Kenn Hansen

2nd Leg: 4 - 0 (Agg)


    Liverpool now take on Bayer Leverkusen in their final pre-season friendly. 14.45 on Sunday, live on ESPN.

  • 90'

    FULL-TIME: Liverpool 3-0 Gomel - A comfortable home win for the Reds. Job done and an improved performance. The play-off round awaits.

  • 90'

    Into added-time now. Can Gomel sneak a goal? Daniel Agger says no with a firm tackle.

  • 90'

    One last counter for Liverpool maybe, but Suarez can't make it past Kuzmenok

  • 89'

    Even Pepe Reina getting a touch. Liverpool barely leaving their own half, but just keeping possession.

  • 87'

    Liverpool just keeping the ball now. As a contest, this was finished long ago.

  • 86'

    Jay Spearing replaces Lucas Leiva

  • 85'

    Yevseyenko replaces Klimovich for Gomel

  • 83'

    Suarez furious with the linesman once more as Gerrard plays him in. He was, indeed, a yard offside, though.

  • 82'

    The crowd has fallen silent for some time now. Very little happening on the pitch. Liverpool comfortable.

  • 81'

    From the right-flank, Downing looks to return the favour for his captain. His outside of the foot cross is poor though.

  • 80'

    Gerrard is everywhere at the moment. This time he picks the ball up on the left and crosses towards Downing on the far side. Bushma claims.

  • 79'

    Liverpool have another corner then. Gerrard takes from the left, looking for Carragher but Bushma claims.

  • 77'

    Gomel struggling to keep the ball out of their box now. Gerrard influential for the Reds.

  • 76'

    Charlie Adam and Jamie Carragher replace Jonjo Shelvey and Martin Skrtel

  • 75'

    Liverpool have a free-kick 25 yards out. Jose Enrique blocked as he tried to get down the left-flank.

  • 73'

    It looks like we might be seeing Jamie Carragher shortly. Brendan Rodgers preparing a change.

  • 72'

    In the women's Olympics, USA have taken gold after defeating Japan 2-1 in the final.

  • 71'

    GOAL Liverpool 3-0 Gomel Johnson adds a third!!! - Glen Johnson spanks a half-volley into the corner from 20 yards. Fine finish.

  • 70'

    Liverpool having all the ball now. Their opponent look very tired after their first Anfield outing.

  • 69'

    Suarez takes another shot at goal from range. Saved low by Bushma.

  • 69'

    Downing wins Liverpool a corner on the right-hand side. Up trot the defenders for a corner. Punched clear by Bushma.

  • 67'

    This game is meandering towards an inevitable conclusion. Very little happening in recent minutes.

  • 66'

    Rodgers is having a casual chat with some of his backroom staff. Enjoying his Anfield debut it seems.

  • 65'

    Daniel Agger is a little slow to clear and gets clattered by Alumona for his troubles. That will hurt in the morning, but he will be ok.

  • 64'

    The camera zooms in on Joe Allen in the crowd. Why would the Swansea player be at Anfield, I wonder?

  • 63'

    Liverpool free-kick from 30 yards is taken by Luis Suarez. Too high, though, and never testing Bushma.

  • 62'

    Lipatkin replaces Novak on the Gomel wing

  • 61'

    Liverpool calming down play and keeping the ball in midfield.

  • 59'

    Shelvey - He was lucky to avoid a booking in the first-half, but a second poor challenge earns him a yellow card.

  • 57'

    Luis Suarez beats his marker again, but is tackled well by the covering Klimovich. Doesn't stop the Uruguayan crying for a free-kick.

  • 56'

    Luis Suarez is causing havoc once more. Gomel have struggled to deal with him all night. He wins a throw-in this time.

  • 55'

    Moments later Suarez creates another chance, but is thwarted by Bushma. The Liverpool forward had his marker in knots there.

  • 54'

    At the other end Stewart Downing picks out Gerrard in the centre and the Liverpool man looks to side-foot home but hits the post.

  • 53'

    Simple answer: Not much. Caught by Reina.

  • 52'

    Gomel have a corner on the left, what can they do?

  • 51'

    Alumona attempts to hold-up the ball for Gomel, but is helpless up against Sktel. He's having a tough night up front by himself.

  • 49'

    Gerrard looks to release Borini on the left-flank, but the offside flag is up once more.

  • 48'

    The class difference between the two sides is clear at the moment. Gomel can't keep the ball for more than a couple of passes.

  • 47'

    Extended period of Liverpool possession after the break. That is until Shelvey gives the ball away.

  • 46'

    SECOND-HALF underway...



    The teams are back out for the second-half. Brendan Rodgers giving special instruction to Stewart Downing as they emerge.


    I expect we will see some changes in the second-half with the league season just over a week away. Carroll, perhaps?


    Don't forget there is plenty of action at the Olympics tonight and Usain Bolt is in action soon. Follow the updates here.


    Luis Suarez looks a step ahead of many others on the pitch. That Olympic tournament may have helped his fitness.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: Liverpool 2-0 Gomel - Job done for Liverpool so far. Brendan Rodgers will be content with that first-half showing.

  • 44'

    The resulting corner is swung in from the right and reaches Borini at the back-post. Sliced well wide on his left-foot.

  • 43'

    Shelvey looks to play another ambitious ball over the defence for Gerrard. Klimovich heads behind for a corner.

  • 42'

    GOAL Liverpool 2-0 Gomel Gerrard with a second!!! Luis Suarez drifts past a couple of defenders, draws out the keeper and lays the ball square for Gerrard to tap home.

  • 40'

    Klimovich has a decent chance for Gomel, but skied over the bar.

  • 39'

    Pepe Reina had to scramble there. Voronkov tests him from 35 yards and almost catches out the Spaniard. Corner.

  • 38'

    Liverpool still pressing forward, but to little avail.

  • 36'

    Lucas Leiva once more almost picks out Borini with a long-ball over the top. That's been Liverpool's best outlet so far, the old-fashioned 'hollywood' ball.

  • 35'

    Andy Carroll is given a vociferous round of applause as he trots out to warm-up.

  • 33'

    Klimovich takes a wild swing towards goal from 20 yards, but it's never in danger of troubling Pepe Reina.

  • 33'

    Glen Johnson bursts down the right and looks to cross, but his attempt is poor and floats for a goal-kick.

  • 32'

    Replays suggest Martin Skrtel was very lucky there. His foot was dangerously high.

  • 31'

    Platonov stings the palms of Reina with Johnson out of position. Could and maybe should be a Gomel penalty as Skrtel's foot is very high to clear the ball.

  • 30'

    Don't forget there is plenty of action at the Olympics tonight and Usain Bolt is in action soon. Follow the updates here.

  • 29'

    Gomel look long for Alumona, but the striker is having a tough time to retain the ball.

  • 28'

    Suarez is everywhere thus far. This time he finds his path blocked, but he's very lively

  • 27'

    Borini draws applause from the crowd as an inventive flick almost supplies Suarez. Cleared by the Gomel defence.

  • 26'

    Suarez once more gets in behind the defence, this time in the right-hand channel. He looks to square the ball for the unmarked Borini, but Matsveychyk intercepts well.

  • 25'

    Kozeka strikes a 35-yard free-kick at goal. Not a bad effort, but over the bar and into the Kop.

  • 24'

    Borini lookd to play in Luis Suarez again, this time with a flick over his shoulder. The Uruguayan is once more offside.

  • 22'

    Fabio Borini has scored in his first game as a Liverpool player at Anfield. Positive start for the former-Chelsea and Swansea man.

  • 21'

    GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Gomel Borini scores!!! Suarez the creator, beating his man, but his pass is cut out and bounces up sweetly for Fabio Borini to smash home on the volley.

  • 20'

    Matsveychyk is having a good game at right-back, tackling Borini in a dangerous area.

  • 19'

    Suarez through on goal again after a skillful turn leaves his marker standing. From the angle of the area he looks to side-foot the ball home, easily saved

  • 18'

    Borini has a great chance from less than 10 yards out, but his shot is blocked by Matsveychyk

  • 17'

    Suarez is everywhere at the moment. He thinks he is in on goal, but an offside call is given. Wrong decision.

  • 16'

    Suarez, though, goes close to opening the scoring. Gerrard neatly finds his team-mate 20 yards out. Powered just over the bar.

  • 15'

    Suarez with his first complaint of the evening. This time Shelvey didn't play the pass early enough

  • 14'

    Alumona gets Gomel's first shot away. Left footed from just inside the area, but straight at Reina.

  • 12'

    Liverpool then enjoying the better of the early stages. No clear-cut chances created yet, though.

  • 10'

    Borini unleashes a shot from 30 yards. It's not good though and flies high and very wide.

  • 9'

    Nice work from Downing on the left allows Gerrard the opportunity to shoot from 20 yards. Straight at Bushma.

  • 8'

    Enrique looks to play Borini down the left-flank, but the Italian is flagged offside.

  • 7'

    Gomel a bit more competitive now. They look to be settling into the occasion.

  • 6'

    Johnson and Downing combine on the right and the latter looks to pick out a cross. Bushma claims.

  • 4'

    All Liverpool so far. This time Downing gets down the right and looks to pick out Borini in the centre. Headed clear.

  • 3'

    Borini cuts in on his right foot and fires a shot at goal. Well blocked by Matsveychyk.

  • 2'

    Glen Johnson twice looks to burst past players in the box. Klimovich sweeps up well for the visitors though.

  • 1'

    Steven Gerrard swings in a free-kick from the left, punched clear powerfully by the Gomel keeper.

  • 1'

    KICK-OFF at Anfield, as Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard get us underway.


    Before the game, Jamie Carragher is awarded a model Liver bird to mark his 700th appearance for the club.


    The teams emerge then for Liverpool's first home match under Brendan Rodgers. A new era for the famous old club begins and the 'project' faces its first big test.


    Liverpool hold a 1-0 advantage then heading into this game. They will expect to see out the win tonight, but can Gomel produce a shock.


    Liverpool name a strong starting eleven for the arrival of Gomel. Daniel Agger returns and Jonjo Shelvey starts, while Lucas makes his first start since injury.


    Gomel: Bushma, Matsveychyk, Kuzmenok, Kashevsky, Klimovich, Voronkov, Kozeka, Nowak, Aleksiyevich, Platonov, Alumona. Subs: Sakovich, Kirilchik, Yevseyenko, Sheryakov, Yakhno, Lipatkin, Palomeque.


    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Shelvey, Suarez, Borini, Downing. Subs: Jones, Carroll, Henderson, Spearing, Carragher, Adam, Kelly.


    Don't forget that this game is LIVE on ESPN UK at 20.05 BST and you can subscribe to the channel right here


    Of course it may not remain Anfield for long... as owner John W Henry may rebrand the famous stadium


    Brendan Rodgers is the new man in charge at Anfield


    Join us at 20.05 BST to see if Liverpool can advance in the Europa League at home to Gomel.