Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Liverpool v Bayer Leverkusen

Final preparation for the new Premier League season saw Liverpool take on Bayer Leverkusen managed by Anfield legend Sami Hyypia and they got off to a cracking start thanks to a strike from teen star Raheem Sterling after barely three minutes.

Sterling came inside and let go with an unstoppable shot to open his 'first team' account which many hope will be increased before the year is out. Liverpool and Bayer both had numerous chances to score the game's next goal but luckily for Lucas he notched Liverpool's second just before the half hour as he latched on to a mid-deflection by Kadlec and tapped into an empty net for 2-0.

Substitutions at the half led to a close chance for Henderson and then Shelvey put in Carroll but his header failed to increase the lead. However, he redeemed himself with a stylish shot which flew into the corner and sealed the game at 3-0.

Hopefully it will put him back in Rodgers' plans for the season ahead. Bayer did get a consolation thanks to a well taken goal by Sidney Sam fifteen minutes from the end, a goal the Anfield fans would have been proud to see from one of their own. A good performance overall puts Liverpool in good confidence for the season opener against West Brom next weekend.

Liverpool 3 Bayer Leverkusen 1