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Monday, 5 August 2013
Liverpool 2-0 Olympiacos
A memorable and emotional testimonial for Steven Gerrard saw Liverpool make it five wins from five in pre-season thanks to strikes from Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson.
The pre-match hype was about the potential cameos from Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher and Liverpool dominated early on as Aspas was denied in the fourth minute in a one-on-one with Megyeri.
Allen and Aspas combined and the Spaniard drilled the ball across goal for Allento slot the ball into the gaping net to send the crowd wild and hand Liverpool a 1-0 lead. The lead could have increased as Glen Johnson skipped inside and hit a powerful shot than narrowly missed the goal.
Liverpool continued to dominate into the second half as Coutinho tested Megyeri as he raced into the area and looked for a low shot but the Hungarian stemmed the pressure but Coutinho created the next chance as he set up Sterling who raced clear and tried a lob which sailed over Megyeri but also over the bar to the gasps of the Kop faithful.
The home fans roared as Suarez entered the field, a cheer that looked to have overwhelmed him as Henderson and the legendary Carragher joined him in place of Aspas, Allen and Toure. Henderson made an instant impact as he raced onto a pinpoint pass by Sterling and with his first touch slotted the ball past the keeper to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead just after the hour mark.
As the game reached the 70th minute, a deafening cheer and applause greeted the arrival of Robbie Fowler in what would potentially be his last professional appearance as he formed a dream strikeforce alongside Suarez - a partnership that would have been lethal in Fowler's era.
Fowler came close to hitting a memorable goal as Gerrard slid him a great pass but his shot deflected off the side netting and in the closing stages, Gerrard was withdrawn and received a rousing standing ovation from the loyal Anfield crowd who celebrated a memorable win.