Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
August 3, 2013 6:45 AM EDT
 
23′ Joe Allen
 
 

Liverpool 2-0 Olympiakos: Suarez cheered on Anfield return as Reds claim victory in Gerrard testimonial

Goals from midfield duo Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson secured Brendan Rodgers' side's fifth win in as many games as the Reds continued their buildup to the new season

By Tom Maston

Steven Gerrard,Liverpool
Getty Images
Liverpool celebrated the career of Steven Gerrard with a routine 2-0 win over Olympiakos in the England captain's testimonial at Anfield.

Goals from midfielders Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson made it five wins from five for Brendan Rodgers' side during preseason as a full house saw the home side dominate the almost entire 90 minutes.

Gerrard apart, the loudest cheer of the day was reserved for wantaway striker Luis Suarez, whose future continues to be unresolved despite his wishes to leave the club.

Rodgers again left Suarez on the substitutes bench, with the striker suspended for the opening weeks of the Premier League season, and gave Iago Aspas another chance to stake a claim for a starting berth against Stoke on the opening day of the season.

The summer signing from Celta Vigo has shown good form during preseason, and he should have given the hosts the lead inside five minutes after Allen latched onto a loose pass from Andreas Samaris before playing the striker in. His shot, though, was straight at Balazs Megveri.

Allen and Aspas were at the heart of much of Liverpool's attacking play, and the pair combined again midway through the first half when the striker's intelligent flick was volleyed over by the former Swansea man.

He made amends seconds later, though, as a mix-up in the Olympiakos defense allowed Lucas to find Aspas on the left, and the forward's center was perfectly timed for Allen to turn in at the back post.

More chances came and went the Anfield outfit as Aspas was again denied by Megveri before Allen headed a Gerrard cross wide while the Greek champions failed to test Simon Mignolet during the opening 45 minutes of his home debut.

The pattern of Liverpool dominance continued after the break as Phillippe Coutinho fired straight at Megveri while Raheem Sterling went close with a lobbed effort that fell just wide of the post.

Suarez was introduced for the final 30 minutes to loud cheers, but it was fellow replacement Henderson who doubled the advantage as he slotted home with his first touch after Sterling's through ball.

Suarez was busy and drew a number of fouls in his short cameo, though he failed to trouble the goalkeeper in what could be his final appearance for Liverpool at their famous home.

Jose Enrique did test Megveri with a powerful strike before Robbie Fowler, who along with Jamie Carragher returned for the special occasion, almost sent the Kop wild with a sliding effort that was deflected over the bar.

Riberio Machado finally gave Mignolet some work to do with a low effort from distance before the whole crowd stood to applaud Gerrard as he was substituted five minutes from time.


Liverpool

22
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Glen Johnson
Defender
 - 
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
 - 
5
Daniel Agger
Defender
 - 
3
José Enrique
Defender
 - 
21
Lucas Leiva
Midfielder
 - 
24
Joe Allen
Midfielder
23′
 - 
8
Steven Gerrard
Midfielder
 - 
10
Coutinho
Midfielder
 - 
31
Raheem Sterling
Midfielder
 - 
9
Iago Aspas
Striker
 - 

Olympiakos

 - 
42
Balasz Megyeri
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
20
 - 
18
 - 
-
 - 
11
Joel Campbell
Midfielder
 - 
25
Leandro Salino
Midfielder
 - 
23
 - 
5
Ljubomir Fejsa
Midfielder
 - 
25
 - 
18

Substitutes

1
Bradley Jones
Goalkeeper
 - 
34
 - 
6
 - 
37
 - 
19
 - 
14
 - 
33
Jordon Ibe
Midfielder
 - 
47
 - 
19
 - 
31
 - 
7
 - 
20
Jay Spearing
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
6
 - 
21
 - 
10
Paulo Machado
Midfielder
 - 
40
Vladimir Weiss
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
12
Roberto
Goalkeeper
 - 
30
 - 
24

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

 - 
-
Míchel
Coach
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
January Friendlies
Times In EST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
1 1
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
1 1
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
1 0
Jakub Blaszczykowski Jakub Blaszczykowski
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
1 0
Marcel Gaus Marcel Gaus
Striker
Kaiserslautern
1 0