Liverpool capped off a successful season with a win down under as Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher joined in for a 3-0 win over Sydney FC.
Although it didn’t quite match up to what was witnessed in Melbourne, when You Never Walk Alone was sung by the 72,000-plus Australians fans in attendance at the ANZ Stadium today in Sydney it was difficult not to get chills.
A minute’s silence was observed before the game kicked off for the tragic deaths and injuries of those involved in the Manchester Arena bombing. Liverpool and Sydney players also wore black armbands to signal their solidarity with the people of Manchester in these dark times.
It took the Reds just eight minutes to open the scoring with Daniel Sturridge’s delightful footwork unsettling a Sydney defender and creating enough space to get a shot away which found the bottom right-hand corner.
Liverpool’s play was very enjoyable to watch, with the passing and movement exemplary. There was the added bonus of not having to worry conceding as it was a friendly.
The second goal came after 18 minutes when Roberto Firmino’s excellent flick over the top found the marauding Alberto Moreno. The Spaniard was not to be outdone as he took the ball down with a great first touch before dispatching a superb half-volley past the ‘keeper.
Liverpool came close a couple times after Moreno’s well-taken goal but Daniel Sturridge soon became the man to watch on the pitch – even if Steven Gerrard was the man who sold all the tickets.
The Englishman, along with Roberto Firmino, was the instigator for Liverpool and he created the third goal for Liverpool. Sturridge took on his defender and after some clever footwork cut the ball back on the byline and squared for Firmino, who, after a deflection was allowed to flick the ball home.
Following their 24-trip home to England and various international commitments, Liverpool’s players will now be free to enjoy their summer break after a successful season.
This will be Rousing the Kop‘s last match review until next season for Liverpool’s Champions League qualifier. We will have news on the playoff draw and more so be sure to check the site regularly for updates.