Sydney FC’s tribute to ‘unbelievable’ Liverpool

Liverpool outclassed Sydney FC 3-0 at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
Sydney FC striker Matt Simon admitted it was an eye-opening experience seeing Liverpool’s quality up close after the EPL side dismantled the Sky Blues 3-0 at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

Despite arriving into Sydney from England some 11 hours before the game, the blistering Reds turned it on for the big crowd and were three goals up at the break.

The opening 45 minutes largely thanks to Steven Gerrard’s majestic midfield performance – the Reds legend out of retirement but clearly not out of shape at 36 years of age.

Though there were no more goals in the second half, there was only team in the contest played in front of almost 73,000 fans.

 

It was a great experience to come out against a world class side,” Simon, a second half substitute, told ABC TV.

Liverpool players celebrate one of their three first half goals in the win over Sydney FC.

The Reds’ technique, ball movement and rotations had a rusty Sydney on the back foot from the first whistle.

“You just can’t get close to them [Liverpool],” Simon added.

“They’re just unbelievable, watching them in the first half.

“So rapid and they even had a few more gears to go.

“To be on the same pitch as those guys [Liverpool] is a pleasure].”

Sydney FC certainly missed the class of imports Milos Ninkovic and Jordi Buijs, and were also without Filip Holosko and Bernie Ibini (both have left the club since Grand Final day).

Former Everton player David Carney hit the bar on the stroke of half-time to offer some hope for Sydney.

David Carney gets a rare shot away for the Sky Blues.Simon too with a late effort palmed away by Reds keeper Simon Mignolet.

Those two moments were the best it got for the Sky Blues who ended the game with about half of their outfield players from their youth ranks.

“It was good for the fans, I suppose, a good exhibition game,” Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold told reporters after the game.

“It’s good for our boys, the Australian kids especially, to come up against that quality.

“A lot of young boys haven’t played at international level and to play against that type of quality is a bit of a reality check.

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Brazilian Roberto Firmino adds a third goal for the Reds before the break.“You think you’re doing well, but then there’s still a long way to go until you get to the level of an English Premier League player.

“It’s been tough the last two weeks to keep the boys going after the grand final, but give them the credit for doing their best.

“It’s time for a holiday now.”

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Preview: Sydney FC v Liverpool

Sydney FC's star defender Rhyan Grant and Liverpool's Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino.

Wednesday night will be a celebration as Liverpool return to Oz to face recently crowned champions of the Hyundai A-League, Sydney FC, in a high-profile friendly at the 82,000-seat ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Over 70-80,000 fans singing You’ll Never Walk Alone? Klopp v Arnie? Bobo and Lallana?

 

How can any fan miss this?

Fresh from finishing fourth in the English Premier League and claiming a coveted Champions League spot, Liverpool will be in celebration mode.

Sunday’s final day 3-0 win over Middlesbrough secured the Reds fourth spot and a Champions League berth next season (albeit initially in the qualifying stage).

But since that win, the Reds have been on a plane traversing the globe.

Liverpool arrive in Sydney 24 hours before kick-off, so perhaps fresh isn’t the best word to describe them on their first night in Sydney.

With this in mind, expect a raft of substitutions for the jet-lagged Reds with club legends and “guest” players Gerrard, Carragher and McManaman also expected to make late cameos as the pace slows.

Clearly Australia and the region love Liverpool.

The club have enjoyed memorable (and lucrative) trips Down Under since 2013 when they packed out the MCG.

Similarly, Sydney FC are on a high after completing the domestic double two weeks ago, with that a return to Champions League football across Asia in 2018.

And despite no Holosko and Ibini (both have moved on) and star man Milos Ninkovic (back in Serbia for family reasons), the Sky Blues will certainly be fresher than the Reds and keen to finish an incredible season with a win against EPL opposition.

They’ve gone close in the past against Chelsea and Spurs. Perhaps this is their best chance to produce a famous win to end a majestic campaign?

SQUAD NEWS

No Brazilian star Coutinho (though Aussie fans can see him for Brazil next month in Melbourne) for the Reds, but Firmino, Origi, Sturridge and Wijnaldum ensure it’ll be an attacking side with plenty of firepower.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

A joy to watch. Always wants the ball, creates from just in behind the strikers and can score. One of England’s best players right now.

Adam Lallana pokes fun at a team-mate.

Bobo (Sydney FC)

Sky Blues’ top scorer. Will relish the spotlight and will have sweet memories of ANZ after he scored in last October’s Sydney Derby.

Sydney FC have re-signed marquee striker Bobo on a new one-year deal.

Firmino (Liverpool)

Livewire Brazilian striker. Second only to Coutinho in total shots this season (106/100), topped chances created with 77, and scored 11 times.

Liverpool celebrated a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough in the final game of the EPL season overnight.

Dave Carney (Sydney FC)

The winger was in super form as a late sub in the Grand Final and being a former Everton player, he’d love to put on over on the Reds. With two strikers out, expect him to start.

David Carney

FINAL WORD

A perfect way to end the season for both clubs. Liverpool will bask in the glory of a near full house at ANZ and will still be celebrating returning to Europe’s top table, while there’ll be plenty of Sky Blue fans still in celebration mode after the fabulous season they’ve just witnessed.

It should be a noisy, passionate and entertaining contest.

PREDICTION

Sydney FC 2 Liverpool 2

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Liverpool’s crucial win ahead of Sydney game

Liverpool celebrated a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough in the final game of the EPL season overnight.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Staff writer
Liverpool will arrive in Sydney on Tuesday in celebration mode after a crucial win at Anfield overnight that confirmed fourth spot in the English Premier League and a place back in Europe’s elite next season.

The Reds dispatched already relegated Middlesbrough 3-0 overnight to claim fourth place in the league and a place in the UEFA Champions League – albeit initially in the qualifying play-off round.

Despite Boro frustrating them for most of the first half, the visitors succumbed to Georginio Wijnaldum’s thunderbolt on the brink of half-time.

 

Philippe Coutinho curled home a superb set-piece strike early in the second half to give Liverpool breathing space that was increased by playmaker Adam Lallana.

Jurgen Klopp’s team finished the season on 76 points, one more than Arsenal, who defeated Everton on the final day to finish in fifth.

The Reds enjoyed a lap of honour in front of their adoring fans before heading to the airport with the team due to arrive in Sydney on Tuesday.

The team will face the recently crowned Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC in a friendly on Wednesday night at ANZ Stadium, with a huge crowd expected at the 82,000 seat venue.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Brisbane Roar v Liverpool Preview: ‘A game to remember forever’

Steven Lustica

For many of the young Brisbane Roar players set to face Liverpool at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, taking on the Premier League heavyweights will be the most important match of their career to date.

Football is a cruel, unforgiving game and a few of those callow youths will never get closer to the big time than tackling Brendan Rodgers’ men in a pre-season friendly.

And while John Aloisi is without experienced trio Matt McKay, Michael Theo and Luke DeVere due to injury and a lack of fitness, at least in Steven Lustica the Roar head coach can call on one player who won’t be overawed by the occasion.

The attacking midfielder was just 20 when he made his Hajduk Split debut as a second-half substitute against then-UEFA Champions League and La Liga holders Barcelona in a match to commemorate the Croatian club’s centenary in 2011.

And the former Young Socceroo doesn’t even consider tackling the Catalan giants to be the biggest game of his career to date. That honour goes to a UEFA Europa League qualifying showdown with Internazionale.

Lustica came on late in the game as Hajduk defeated the Serie A heavyweights 2-0 at their San Siro home in 2012.

Despite having pitted himself against continental European football royalty, the visit of English powerhouse Liverpool for an exhibition game is still a source of excitement for the ex-Gold Coast United man.

“This is definitely up there,” he said.

“We’re very excited, it’s a massive game for us, for Brisbane Roar. Even for Australia as well.

“There’s no better feeling than running out (in front of) a packed stadium. Especially at Suncorp, it’s just a great atmosphere there. And against Liverpool it’s going to be extra special, with the Liverpool supporters and our supporters, I think it’s going to be a game to remember forever.”
Thomas Broich, Jade North and Shane Stefanutto are all available for the hosts, while Roar fans are likely to get their first glimpse of Jamie Maclaren in an orange shirt following his arrival from Perth Glory.

Liverpool defeated a Thai Premier League XI 4-0 in Bangkok earlier this week, with Lazar Markovic, Mamadou Sakho, Adam Lallana and Divock Origi on the scoresheet.

Of the Reds’ off-season recruits, centre-forward Danny Ings started, while James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne came off the bench at half-time as Rodgers made wholesale changes.

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Brendan Rodgers: Touring Australia can make Liverpool stronger

Liverpool will play A-League clubs Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United while Down Under.

Brendan Rodgers claims Liverpool’s exhausting pre-season tour can unify the team as they attempt to reward the faith of their Asian and Australian supporters.

After beating a Thai Premier League XI earlier this week, the Reds have arrived in Queensland for a friendly against Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Their next destination is South Australia, where they will face Adelaide United at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.

After that it’s back to Southeast Asia for a game against a Malaysia All Stars XI in Kuala Lumpur.

It’s doubtful such a hectic travel schedule is the ideal preparation for a tough Premier League season, but Rodgers is doing his best to put a positive spin on the commercially-driven program.

“When you work for Liverpool it means you are a member of one of the iconic football clubs in the world, so you don’t just have supporters in England, you have supporters right throughout the world and it’s our duty when we come to these countries to thank and play in front of our supporters globally,” he told reporters in Bangkok.

“… Brisbane – that’s another different experience but a great experience. In Melbourne a few years ago we played in front of nearly 100,000 people.

“There’s not too many clubs that have that pull and that support, so for us of course it is a demanding pre-season with lots of travel but we are looking to maximise what we can out of each country, each training session and each game, and come the beginning of the season we’ll be in a really good footballing condition to start the season.

“There’s always positives and negatives when you travel so far. I think for us we really focus on the positives. It’s two weeks away, it’s a long time together and you really get to know one another on the field and off the field during this tour, so we are really focused on that.

“Like I say it’s not a chore to travel to … Australia … these are countries that really support us on a global stage and we are very honoured to travel to these countries.”
Defender Mamadou Sakho, a goal-scorer in the win over Thai opposition, is also embracing the flying visits to the Anfield outfit’s far-flung outposts.

“This is part of our preparation for the season and we are looking forward to going to Australia and going to Brisbane and Adelaide,” he said.

“I hope we can carry on with our good work we have done so far during the pre-season and get the same result in our next game.”

Football Federation Australia

Liverpool ready for Reds adulation in Australia

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva says the enormity of playing for Liverpool will dawn on the club’s new recruits during their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

Brendan Rodgers’ men departed the UK on Sunday ahead of matches against a Thai Premier League XI in Bangkok, before games against A-League teams Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United.

The Reds will then return home via Malaysia and the rapturous reception they are sure to receive will undoubtedly be a confronting experience for their new signings, particularly the likes of Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez, who have joined from Burnley, Southampton and Charlton Athletic respectively.

“We still have a few days to go but over there they will have an idea about what Liverpool is about,” Lucas told Liverpoolfc.com.

“They know a lot but when you travel so far away from Liverpool and get that reception they will realise how big this club is and as I said hopefully they will settle very quickly.

“It just makes you realise how big the club is in terms of the amount of fans and anywhere in the world you go you get a good reception.

“This tour is always good because we can speak with people that don’t have a chance to come to Liverpool to watch games and it will be a great opportunity for them.”

James Milner and Roberto Firmino, internationals for England and Brazil respectively, will not be so easily overawed by the strength of Liverpool’s global following.

The experienced duo must cope with pressure of a different kind though as they seek to try and fill the void left by departed stars Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling.

Long-term club captain Gerrard has left for LA Galaxy, while Sterling will not travel with the squad as he completes an acrimonious big-money transfer to Manchester City.

“Of course we lost a lot of important players but the players that are coming, they will try to not replace them but try to adapt to our squad and perform the way they did at their previous club,” Lucas said.

“That’s why they are here and we will make everything possible for them to adapt very well.

“In my case with Firmino, I have been doing this for many years now with the new players, Brazilians especially, coming into the country and the club and trying just to help them to settle quickly.

“Hopefully, if they can perform as soon as possible, it will be better for us.”

Football Federation Australia

Liverpool? Manchester City? Reds focused on Northern Territory minnows!

Gombau addresses his players during a Reds training session.

Forget about EPL giants Liverpool and Manchester City, it’s a tiny club from the Northern Territory which is the focus for Adelaide United boss Josep Gombau.

The Reds are back in training for the new season ahead of two blockbuster friendlies against both Liverpool and City.

But it’s the Westfield FFA Cup tie against little Darwin Olympic which is drawing the most attention for the Adelaide coach.

 

“In the end they’re (Liverpool and Man City) both preseason games,” Gombau told reporters on Tuesday.

“We’re going to play our style in pre-season because we want to be ready to play the FFA Cup game in August.

“Of course we want a result but more importantly for us we want to be ready for the season.”

 

That doesn’t mean the Reds aren’t going to give it their all against the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge.

Gombau has no doubt his side will give a good account of themselves and feels this is an opportunity for his players to showcase their wares to the world.

“I think we have a chance to win, of course,” he said.

“But more important is to show that we are a team that knows what we are doing. We want to play the way that we play and try to be competitive.

“The Liverpool game will be on live around the world and we want to show everyone what we can do.”

 

Midfield hardman Iacopa La Rocca is relishing being a part of the upcoming fixtures after his move to the Reds from Western Sydney Wanderers FC.

Asked about the differences between the two clubs, the Italian said: “It’s just been two days that I’ve been here [in Adelaide] and I’ve already seen that we play completely different to [Wanderers].

“I can see all the players respect all the coaching staff and this is very important.

“I spoke with Tarek [Elrich] before I came here and he told me only good things about the coach, about the trainings, about the style and it’s a different Tarek that I’m seeing here than at Wanderers.

“Tarek told me about the change room and the other boys and I’ve seen just a little bit, but it’s enough to know the team is very [unified], which they show through how they played last season.”

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Liverpool to take part in open training sessions

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel celebrates scoring against Arsenal.

Liverpool fans will have two extra opportunities to see the Reds in action on their tour of Australia with the club to host an open pre-match training session ahead of their clashes against Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United.

Brendan Rogers’ squad will be put through their paces on the eve of both matches – Thursday 16 July at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and Sunday 19 July at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide.

Tickets for the events are just $20 for adults and $10 for children from Ticketek, with proceeds raised to be donated to local charities, including the Royal Society for the Blind, The Smith Family, The Reagan Milstein Foundation, CanTeen and The Big Issue.

With both matches close to a sell-out (some packaged and hospitality tickets are still available), this may be your best chance to see the likes of Henderson, Lallana and Coutinho up close.

The LFC touring party will also include coaching staff from the club’s charity, the Liverpool FC Foundation, who will partner key players in various public appearances as well as taking part in events with official LFC supporters’ clubs.

The news comes on the back of confirmation Liverpool have signed Brazilian attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim.

The 23-year-old still has to undergo a medical but is set to sign “a long-term contract” with the club following his participation in the Copa America.

While Liverpool have not yet revealed if their new major signing will make the trip to Australia it seems more than likely off-season additions James Milner and Danny Ings will feature prominently for the first time in a Reds jersey.

Football Federation Australia

Liverpool to play Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United

February 4, 2015 – 11:25AM

Liverpool will return to Australia in July after confirming blockbuster pre-season clashes with Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United.

The English Premier League club will take on the Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, July 17, and then play the Reds at Adelaide Oval on Monday, July 20 in their first visits to the cities.

It is Liverpool’s second trip Down Under in quick order, following their memorable 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory in July 2013 in front of more than 95,000 fans at the MCG.

Liverpool visited Australia in 2013, playing Melbourne Victory at the MCG.

Liverpool visited Australia in 2013, playing Melbourne Victory at the MCG. Photo: Pat Scala

Both fixtures will add to an already packed month of soccer, with the International Champions Cup tournament – featuring Real Madrid, Manchester City and AS Roma – also to be staged in July in Melbourne.

It’s anticipated both of Liverpool’s matches will sell out the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium and 53,500-seat Adelaide Oval.

Liverpool chief executive officer Ian Ayre said the club received incredible support on their last visit, with the Victory friendly arguably outstripping the A-League All Stars clash against Manchester United for general interest.

“Liverpool FC has over 600,000 supporters in Australia and we look forward to meeting as many of them as possible while we are in the country,” he said.

“Pre-season is an important time for the team as they prepare for the upcoming season and the matches against Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United are an exciting part of that preparation, giving our supporters a chance to see the team up close, no matter how far away from Anfield they live.”

Liverpool, who were runners-up in last year’s EPL and sit seventh on the ladder this season, boast stars including England internationals Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel, Ivorian Kolo Toure and Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones.

However, the club’s inspirational skipper Steven Gerrard will leave for the LA Galaxy at the end of the season and will not be part of the trip.

Brisbane Roar managing director Sean Dobson said it would be a proud moment for the club to host Liverpool FC.

“To be on the same field with Liverpool FC, one of the true giants of world football, reinforces Brisbane Roar’s standing as Australia’s premier football club,” Dobson said.

“It will be a special night for all our members and fans as they cheer on the Roar against such legendary opponents playing on our home ground.”

AAP

 

Source : The Canberra Times

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