Europa League

August 9, 2012

Full-time

Liverpool

3 - 0

Gomel

Europa League

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

Anfield, England

Referee: Kenn Hansen

2nd Leg: 4 - 0 (Agg)

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    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...

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

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

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

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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