Liverpool 3-0 Gomel
Liverpool produced a convincing display to ensure new manager Brendan Rodgers celebrated his first match at Anfield with victory over FC Gomel of Belarus.
Goals from Fabio Borini - on his home debut - Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson took Liverpool into the final qualifying play-off round of the Europa League 4-0 on aggregate.
Swansea midfielder Joe Allen watched from the directors' box.
He is expected to complete a £15m move to Anfield in the next 24 hours.
Even accounting for the poverty of football coming the other way, this was the kind of display that Rodgers must have hoped his players would produce. The Reds were inspired by Lucas Leiva's midfield generalship and the fluidity of movement found by Borini, Gerrard and the tireless Luis Suárez.
The 25-year-old Uruguyan delivered a command performance 24 hours after signing a new long-term contract, shredding the Gomel defence time and again with a virtuoso display.
Liverpool will not have the luxury of playing FC Gomel every week, of course, but the building blocks of Rodgers' philosophy were there for all to see. On paper this was the ideal settler for Rodgers: unheralded opponents, a full house and the luxury of picking from arguably his strongest side. The 39-year-old paused for a moment to soak up the ovation when he stepped out on to the pitch.
Some 20 minutes later Anfield would rise again, this time to celebrate another new arrival as Borini put Liverpool in front.
Sharper to the ball, swifter to use it, Liverpool settled quickly to produce some flowing attacking moves.
Suarez and Gerrard were at the heart of everything good about Liverpool, combining after 15 minutes, only for the Uruguayan to fire over from the edge of the penalty area. Soon Suarez and Borini were tuning into the same wavelength.
Gomel failed to clear an attempted cross. Suarez jinked along the byline after another surging burst down the left flank, his attempted cross deflected into the path of Borini who thumped an unerring low volley under goalkeeper Vladimir Bushma to score his first Liverpool goal on his home debut.
Pepe Reina may have been reduced to the role of a bystander for much of the night, but twice in five minutes during the first half the Liverpool keeper was forced into action, first turning Sergei Kozeka's shot away before almost allowing Igor Voronkov's shot to slip through his fingers.
Liverpool were in no mood to allow their lead to slip, however, and Suarez continually tormented the Gomel defenders.
Another mazy run took him beyond the Gomel defence, but as the six-yard box approached he cut the ball across goal to give Gerrard the most straightforward of finishes for his 150th Liverpool goal.
Liverpool continued to dominate in the second half. Gerrard thumped a low shot against the left-hand upright, Suarez was denied by a brilliant low save by Bushma as the Reds poured forward.
For all their bravery, Gomel simply had no answer as they resorted to simply clearing their lines when the chance presented itself.
Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, sporting a new You'll Never Walk Alone tattoo on his knuckles, had little to do but bask in the adulation of the Kop, which did its all to show the club it would not tolerate the sale of the Denmark defender.
Liverpool added a third when Johnson controlled a bouncing ball before thundering a swerving left-foot volley into the corner of the net from 25 yards.
Jamie Carragher, making his 701st appearance, came on for the final 20 minutes but by then the game was won.
- 25 Reina
- 02 Johnson
- 03 Jose Enrique
- 05 Agger
- 37 Skrtel (Carragher - 76' )
- 08 Gerrard
- 19 Downing
- 21 Lucas (Spearing - 86' )
- 33 Shelvey Booked (Adam - 76' )
- 07 Suarez
- 29 Borini
- 01 Jones
- 23 Carragher
- 34 Kelly
- 14 Henderson
- 20 Spearing
- 26 Adam
- 09 Carroll
- 01 Bushma
- 13 Klimovich (Yevseyenko - 85' )
- 25 Kuzmenok
- 02 Voronkov
- 03 Matveichik
- 06 Kashevsky
- 07 Kozeka (Kirilchik - 74' )
- 08 Aleksiyevich
- 26 Nowak (Lipatkin - 62' )
- 09 Alumona
- 32 Platonov
- 16 Sakovich
- 05 Kirilchik
- 10 Yevseyenko
- 92 Palomeque
- 17 Yakhno
- 19 Lipatkin
- 11 Sheryakov
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +2:12
Pavel Kirilchik concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.89:34
Aleksandr Alumona fouled by Jay Spearing, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Pavel Yevseyenko, clearance by Glen Johnson.89:12
Shot from 25 yards by Luis Suarez. Save by Vladimir Bushma.87:03
Foul by Charlie Adam on Igor Voronkov, free kick awarded. Nikolai Kashevsky takes the direct free kick.84:50 Substitution
Substitution Leiva Lucas goes off and Jay Spearing comes on.84:50 Substitution
Substitution Pavel Yevseyenko on for Dmitri Klimovich.83:21
Charlie Adam fouled by Illya Aleksiyevich, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.82:46
The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. Nikolai Kashevsky restarts play with the free kick.81:32
Centre by Luis Suarez, clearance by Nikolai Kashevsky.80:41
The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing.79:58
The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, comfortable save by Vladimir Bushma.78:16
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Dmitri Klimovich manages to make a clearance.78:07
The ball is crossed by Luis Suarez, blocked by Sergey Matsveychyk.76:33
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Dmitri Klimovich.75:13
The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left wing, Dmitry Platonov manages to make a clearance.75:13 Substitution
Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Jamie Carragher coming on for Martin Skrtel.75:13 Substitution
Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Charlie Adam coming on for Jonjo Shelvey.75:13
Foul by Nikolai Lipatkin on Sanchez Jose Enrique, free kick awarded.73:46 Substitution
Substitution Sergei Kozeka goes off and Pavel Kirilchik comes on.
Goal! - Glen Johnson - Liverpool 3 - 0 Gomel Glen Johnson scores a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 3 (4)-(0) 0 Gomel.69:27
Drilled right-footed shot by Luis Suarez. Save made by Vladimir Bushma.68:18
Stewart Downing takes the inswinging corner, Vladimir Bushma makes a save.68:07
Stewart Downing delivers the ball, clearance by Sergei Kozeka.66:35
Aleksandr Alumona challenges Daniel Agger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.65:12
Aleksandr Alumona gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger. Jose Reina takes the free kick.64:10
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Agger.61:25
Luis Suarez produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.61:25 Substitution
Substitution Nikolai Lipatkin on for Tomasz Nowak.61:25
Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Illya Aleksiyevich results in a free kick.59:57
Illya Aleksiyevich takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Dmitry Platonov misses to the left of the goal.58:21
Nikolai Kashevsky restarts play with the free kick.58:21 Booking
Booking Jonjo Shelvey is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.58:17
Sergei Kozeka fouled by Jonjo Shelvey, the ref awards a free kick.55:57
Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Igor Kuzmenok results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Igor Kuzmenok.53:49
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line played to the near post.53:36
Shot by Luis Suarez. Save by Vladimir Bushma.53:03
Steven Gerrard takes a shot from just outaide the box and strikes the post.52:50
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Vladimir Bushma makes a brilliant save.51:59
Inswinging corner taken by Illya Aleksiyevich from the left by-line, save made by Jose Reina.49:05
The assistant referee signals for offside against Fabio Borini. Free kick taken by Sergey Matsveychyk.47:38
Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dmitry Platonov. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Illya Aleksiyevich from left wing, clearance by Daniel Agger.45:01
The second half has started.45:00 +0:07 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.43:57
Jonjo Shelvey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomasz Nowak. Direct free kick taken by Sergey Matsveychyk.43:00
Shot by Fabio Borini from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.42:40
Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.40:58
Assist on the goal came from Luis Suarez.40:58 Goal scored
Goal! - Steven Gerrard - Liverpool 2 - 0 Gomel Steven Gerrard finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 2 (3)-(0) 0 Gomel.39:56
Effort on goal by Nikolai Kashevsky from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.39:25
Dmitri Klimovich takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Fabio Borini.39:05
Shot by Igor Voronkov. Save made by Jose Reina.38:29
Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandr Alumona. Vladimir Bushma takes the direct free kick.38:22
Luis Suarez crosses the ball, Nikolai Kashevsky makes a clearance.37:02
Centre by Tomasz Nowak, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.36:52
Centre by Tomasz Nowak, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.36:32
The referee blows for offside against Stewart Downing. Nikolai Kashevsky takes the free kick.35:23
Effort from outside the penalty box by Stewart Downing goes wide right of the goal.34:48
Inswinging corner taken by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Sergey Matsveychyk.34:37
Centre by Fabio Borini, Dmitri Klimovich manages to make a clearance.34:07
Centre by Dmitri Klimovich.32:56
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson.30:55
Shot by Igor Voronkov from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.30:40
Dmitry Platonov takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Jose Reina.29:51
Jonjo Shelvey sends in a cross, save by Vladimir Bushma.28:42
Fabio Borini produces a cross, save by Vladimir Bushma.26:11
Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Sergei Kozeka makes a clearance.25:58
The ball is crossed by Jonjo Shelvey, Sergei Kozeka manages to make a clearance.25:32
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, clearance made by Dmitry Platonov.25:20
The ball is crossed by Luis Suarez, clearance by Sergey Matsveychyk.23:37
Martin Skrtel challenges Aleksandr Alumona unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sergei Kozeka has an effort direct from the free kick.23:19
The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Nikolai Kashevsky.22:50
Glen Johnson produces a cross, Igor Kuzmenok manages to make a clearance.20:51 Goal scored
Goal! - Fabio Borini - Liverpool 1 - 0 Gomel Fabio Borini scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1 (2)-(0) 0 Gomel.20:41
A cross is delivered by Luis Suarez, blocked by Nikolai Kashevsky.20:10
Luis Suarez delivers the ball, Nikolai Kashevsky manages to make a clearance.19:03
Corner from the right by-line taken by Stewart Downing, Foul by Daniel Agger on Dmitri Klimovich, free kick awarded. Vladimir Bushma takes the direct free kick.18:51
Effort from 18 yards by Luis Suarez. Save made by Vladimir Bushma.18:37
The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Sergey Matsveychyk.18:09
The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, Effort on goal by Fabio Borini from 12 yards. Sergey Matsveychyk gets a block in.17:01
Nikolai Kashevsky challenges Martin Skrtel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the direct free kick.16:16
The offside flag is raised against Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Vladimir Bushma.15:55
Handball by Aleksandr Alumona. Jose Reina takes the free kick.15:20
Luis Suarez takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.14:42
Luis Suarez is ruled offside. Vladimir Bushma restarts play with the free kick.12:34
The referee blows for offside. Vladimir Bushma takes the free kick.11:06
Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, comfortable save by Vladimir Bushma.10:04
Fabio Borini produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.9:32
Sergey Matsveychyk concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Borini. Jonjo Shelvey restarts play with the free kick.9:10
Drilled right-footed shot by Steven Gerrard. Comfortable save by Vladimir Bushma.8:07
The official flags Fabio Borini offside. Vladimir Bushma restarts play with the free kick.6:08
Stewart Downing sends in a cross, save made by Vladimir Bushma.4:04
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance by Nikolai Kashevsky.2:58
Shot from 18 yards by Fabio Borini. Illya Aleksiyevich gets a block in.3:01
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Bushma makes a comfortable save.2:34
Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, Nikolai Kashevsky makes a clearance.2:22
The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, blocked by Nikolai Kashevsky.2:04
Short corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line.1:06
Shot by Tomasz Nowak. Blocked by Daniel Agger.0:22
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Igor Kuzmenok. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard, save made by Vladimir Bushma.0:00
The referee starts the match.
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