August 5 Friendly
||Murphy (8), Heskey (50),
Mellor (77, 86)
(1st half) Kirkland, Carragher, Henchoz, Hyypia,
Vignal, Le Tallec, Murphy, Biscan, Diouf, Pongolle,
(2nd half) Kirkland, Finnan, Henchoz, Traore, Riise,
Welsh, Gerrard, Kewell, Cheyrou, Heskey, Owen.
FIXTURES & RESULTS
"When Emile is at his
best he is one of the best strikers in Europe."
0508: Houllier praised Reds
0508: Kewell nets first goal as Reds triumph
Houllier praises Reds
LFC Official Website
Gerard Houllier has praised the attitude of his team
after they cantered to a 5-1 victory at Aberdeen in
their penultimate pre-season friendly.
Neil Mellor scored twice while Danny Murphy, Emile
Heskey and Harry Kewell all grabbed a goal apiece as
Liverpool bounced back from conceding an early goal to
cruise to victory.
They could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty
when Florent Sinama-Pongolle saw his effort from twelve
yards saved by the Aberdeen goalkeeper.
"The team spirit was great," said Houllier. "They all
worked hard for each other and wanted to win. I like the
way Danny offered the penalty to Florent because he was
hoping he would score to get a confidence boost. It was
a nice touch and was just a shame that the penalty was
"It was a very professional performance overall. This
was our third game in five days but we wanted to come
here to celebrate Aberdeen's 100th year. I thought we
were unlucky to come in at half time at 1-1 as we had
some good chances. In the second half the players'
passing and movement was brilliant."
Houllier was also full of praise for Emile Heskey, who
netted his sixth pre-season goal, and Harry Kewell after
the Australian star opened his Liverpool account with a
second half strike.
"When Emile is at his best he is one of the best
strikers in Europe," said Houllier. "He is quick and
powerful, can use both feet and when he turns and runs
at the defender he can be unstoppable at times. His goal
"Harry's was a great goal made after a good pass from
Micael Owen. Harry also made the pass to Emile for his
goal and showed his quality."
nets first goal as Reds triumph
LFC Official Website
Harry Kewell netted his first goal for Liverpool as
the Reds returned to winning ways in their pre-season
preparations with an excellent 5-1 success against
Aberdeen at Pittodrie tonight.
After two disappointing performances in Amsterdam over
the weekend, Gerard Houllier would have been looking for
more positive signs that his players were gearing up for
the new season and they didn't let him down as they
battled back from a goal behind to run out comfortable
Kewell's goal - a delightful finish following good work
by Michael Owen - came during Liverpool's best spell of
the game early in the second half during which Emile
Heskey had given Liverpool the lead after Danny Murphy's
first half strike had cancelled out David Zdrilic's
first minute goal.
Liverpool got off to the worst possible start and were
behind after just sixty seconds when David Zdrilic fired
the ball past Chris Kirkland from inside the penalty
The Australian international only received his work
permit to play in the game earlier in the day but he
wasted no time in endearing himself to his new fans at
Pittodrie by blasting the ball into the corner of the
net after Sami Hyypia had failed to deal with Aberdeen's
first attack of the game.
Just as questions were beginning to be asked about how
leg-weary Liverpool would respond to the early setback,
they answered in emphatic fashion by levelling the
scores just six minutes later.
EL Hadji Diouf and Milan Baros created the opportunity
down the left hand side and when the ball fell for
Murphy outside the area he made no mistake with a well
directed volley into the corner of the Aberdeen net.
Liverpool had chances to take a lead in the game but a
combination of careless finishing - particularly from
Baros and Diouf - and excellent goalkeeping when David
Preecee stopped a low drive from Pongolle kept the Reds
French striker Pongolle was gifted the perfect chance to
open his Liverpool account before the half time whistle
when he won a penalty for Gerard Houllier's side
following a mazy run inside the area.
Regular taker Danny Murphy offered Pongolle the chance
to take the kick, but unfortunately for the youngster he
hit his shot too close to Preece in the Aberdeen goal,
much to the delight of the home fans who unfairly judged
him to have conned the referee to win the spot kick for
Gerard Houllier made ten changes at half time with only
Chris Kirkland surviving from the opening 45 minutes,
while John Welsh was one of the newcomers to the action
to taste first team football for the first time this
But it was pre-season star Emile Heskey who gave
Liverpool the lead after 50 minutes with his sixth goal
of the Reds' summer campaign.
Heskey latched onto a fine ball from Harry Kewell before
striding forward and smashing the ball into the corner
of the net from a tight angle on the right hand side of
the penalty area.
Heskey has been sensational during Liverpool's
pre-season programme and, although it may be too early
to make predictions for the coming months, there are
plenty of signs that the big striker is in the mood to
repeat the stunning form which saw him play such an
important role in the Reds' treble campaign of a couple
of years ago.
Aberdeen were struggling to cope with a much stronger
Liverpool team in the second half and it came as no
surprise when the visitors increased their lead just six
minutes after Heskey's strike.
The goal owed everything to the ability of Michael Owen
to speed away from three defenders and then the
brilliance in front of goal of Harry Kewell who
collected Owen's pass in his stride and then in one
movement switched the ball from right foot to left
before slotting it into the back of the net.
Owen should have netted Liverpool's fourth of the night
midway through the second half when he was left
one-on-one with the Aberdeen goalkeeper following a
defensive error but he wasted the gilt-edged chance by
sliding the ball disappointingly wide of target.
Second half substitute Neil Mellor did finally further
confirm Liverpool's superiority with a fourth goal
twelve minutes from time.
Bruno Cheyrou tried a shot from distance which fell
nicely for Mellor who instinctively turned the ball into
the back of the net from close range.
Mellor's night got even better four minutes from time
when he netted his second and Liverpool's fifth with a
simple tap-in from close range after John Arne Riise had
brought a smart save from the Aberdeen goalkeeper.
Liverpool's deserved victory was rewarded with them
lifting the ESS Centenary Cup - the third piece of
silverware the Reds have collected during pre-season
following their triumphs in Bangkok and Hong Kong last
Let's hope they represent just a taster of the success
we can enjoy at Anfield over the coming season.