Liverpool sweep aside Gomel to kick-start Rodgers revolution
The early signs for beleaguered Liverpool fans appear to be good, as Brendan Rodgers’ side cruised to a 3-0 victory in their Europa League qualifier against Gomel on Thursday.
The Belarusian outfit trailed 1-0 from the first leg and were never in danger of spoiling the party at Anfield, behind after 21 minutes following good work from Luis Suarez which left Fabio Borini (pictured) with a low volley to open the scoring.
The Uruguayan, who had been unavailable for selection in Belarus, was at the centre of everything good that Liverpool produced, constantly tormenting the Gomel defence and creating opportunities for others around him.
Having just signed a new contract 24 hours before the game, Suarez was determined to impress.
Just before half-time he beat two defenders on a mazy run that left him bearing down on goal. Rather than shooting, he squared for the oncoming Gerrard, the Liverpool captain finding an empty net for his 150th goal for the club.
Total controlThe second half saw Liverpool in total control, Lucas Leiva orchestrating things assuredly from midfield following his long absence with a cruciate ligament injury.
The third goal came on 72 minutes courtesy of Glen Johnson, a sublime half-volley into the top corner of Vladimir Bushma's goal from over 20 yards.
All in all, Brendan Rodgers could not have wished for things to go better in what was his first game in charge at Anfield: a full-house, a comfortable win and practically a full squad of players from which to choose.
Swansea’s Joe Allen looked on from the director’s box, expected to make the £15m switch to Liverpool within the coming days.
"It is obviously imminent," Rodgers said. "He's here and that means there has been good communication with Swansea. We hope to conclude it within the next 24 hours, and that's as much as I can say."
By Andrew Wade
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