After The Match


FC Cologne-Liverpool        

Fixtures & Results



 Pre-season friendly                   Wednesday July 16              

Result: 1-3 (1-1)
Goals: Heskey (6), Owen (59, 88)             Ebbers (13)
LFC Team:

Vignal Biscan Hyypia Babbel
Smicer Diao Hamann Diouf
Baros Heskey

Subs: (2nd half) Kirkland, Cheyrou, Gerrard, Kewell, Mellor, Murphy, Owen, Riise
Not used:
Booked: Helbig (79)
Sent off: None
Referee: Detlef Scheppe


On target:
Off target:
Yellow cards:
Red cards:  


Owen shines on Kewell debut

BBC Sport Online

Michael Owen scored twice to steal the honours on Harry Kewell's Liverpool debut in a 3-1 win against German side Cologne.

Kewell was little more than a spectator as Owen, sporting a new haircut and beard, came on as a second-half substitute to win the friendly at the RheinEnergie Stadium.

The 5m signing from Leeds also only appeared in the second half as Liverpool began the game with what appeared to be their second string.

Emile Heskey, whose place could well be under threat this season, opened the scoring after eight minutes, reacting quickly to a misplaced crossfield pass before neatly sidefooting home from 25 yards.

Marius Ebbers put Cologne level after 13 minutes and the score stayed that way until half-time when Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier made 10 changes, with only Biscan staying on.

Kewell was introduced, surprisingly on the right of midfield with Danny Murphy on the left and Neil Mellor partnering Owen up front.

Kewell was soon switched to the left but in the meantime, Owen put Liverpool ahead, dummying a defender and coolly stroking the ball home after being put through by Steven Gerrard.

The England striker added a third with two minutes to go when he punished a poor backpass to round goalkeeper Stefan Wessels and roll the ball home.


Thor Zakariassen