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Liverpool cruise past Sydney FC

8:06 PM MYT 24/05/2017
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Daniel Sturridge got the Reds going and - with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher back in the starting XI - Liverpool had little trouble Down Under

A Steven Gerrard-inspired first half laid the platform for a comprehensive 3-0 win by Liverpool over Sydney FC in front of 72,892 fans.

The blistering Reds were three goals up at the break at ​Sydney's ​ANZ Stadium, and had it not been for the home side's goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, it could have been more for the Premier League visitors.

After a rousing rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" followed by a minute's silence for those who lost their lives in Manchester, Liverpool made a mockery of arriving on the day of the game by starting in completely dominating fashion.

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool

With a tireless Gerrard pulling the strings in a deep-lying role, the Reds were soon two goals up with their movement and rotations giving Sydney all sorts of problems.

Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring in just the seventh minute after Sydney's Josh Brillante lost the ball in his defensive half and Liverpool counterattacked swiftly.

Alberto Moreno acrobatically doubled the Reds' advantage 10 minutes later as he volleyed Roberto Firmino's chip past Vukovic.

Alberto Moreno, Liverpool

Sturridge then set up Liverpool's third goal in the 38th minute as his cross bounced - somewhat fortuitously - off Firmino's thigh and into the net.

David Carney's shot hit the bar right on the half-time whistle in what was Sydney's best effort in a tough 45 minutes for the A-League champions.

Gerrard and Carragher were replaced in the first minute of the second half to huge applause.

Adam Lallana showed his class as a second-half substitute for the visitors as Liverpool took their foot off the pedal, while Sky Blues youngster Chris Zuvela drew a strong save from Simon Mignolet with 10 minutes left.

Teenager William Mutch then wasted a huge chance for Sydney, scuffing his shot when faced with an open goal.

In the end, it was an easy win for Jurgen Klopp's men, with the German manager giving another two former stars - Steve McManaman and Daniel Agger - time on the pitch.