After The Match



Fixtures & Results



 Pre-season friendly                   Saturday July 19              

Result: 1-1 (1-1)
Goals: Owen (44)                  Vaughan (19)
LFC Team:

1st half:
Carragher Hyypia Babbel Riise
Murphy (Captain) Hamman Smicer Kewell
Owen Baros
2nd half:
Vignal Henchoz Traore Diao
Gerrard (Captain) Diouf Cheyrou Le Tallec
Pongolle Heskey

Subs: Le Tallec (Kewell), Mellor (Pongolle)
Not used:
Sent off:
Referee: Tony Bates
Attendance: 10.500


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


An entertaining match


A full house at Gresty Road saw an entertaining match played in good spirits with hardly a bad tackle to be found.

Gerard Houllier once again fielded two different teams for each half, and the opening stages were all Liverpool as they pressed towards the Crewe goal.

Clayton Ince produced his first of many saves from a Riise free-kick after only 2 minutes. The Crewe goalkeeper was to thwart Liverpool on countless times and was deservedly named the man of the match.

In the first 15 minutes Ince saved Crewe time and again, with the unlucky Baros his main victim.

It was a surprise when the home side took the lead on 19 minutes, a Wright cross eluded everyone apart from Vaughan who glanced his header passed Dudek.

All eyes were on Harry Kewell and he provided a taste of things to come when he unleashed a whipping left footed drive that clipped the top of the crossbar from 25 yards out.

The bar once again came to Crewe's rescue, as a deflected Kewell effort tested the defence.

That was to be Kewell's last action as he limped off with an ankle injury. French youngster Anthony Le Tallec replaced the Australian.

Clayton Ince was proving hard to beat all afternoon, but his one mistake led to Liverpool's equaliser. Ince had brilliantly turned around a Hyypia header for a corner, but from the corner he misjudged the flight of Riise's cross and Michael Owen headed home from close range at the far post.

The second half saw Liverpool's other French youngster Florent Sinama Pongolle in action for the first time, and he nearly capped a satisfying debut with a goal just before the hour mark.

Heskey found himself clear on the right but he saw Sinama in a better position and squared the ball only for Sinama's first time shot to rebound off the post.

Three minutes later, a vicious shot from the impressive Cheyrou produced another save from Ince.

Liverpool fielded five French players in the second half, and who knows if those in the ground were witnessing half of the future French national team.

Gerrard lost possession in the middle of the park and Kirkland came to his rescue with a diving save to his left from the resultant shot.

A Crewe free-kick nearly produced Crewe's second goal of the game, as Chris Karagianis, the Belgium born American forward blasted wide from only a few yards out.

Unfortunately for Sinama he suffered a slight knock and had to be replaced by Neil Mellor after 71 minutes.

The main reason why Liverpool had only scored one all afternoon Clayton Ince was replaced by Stuart Tomlinson in goal with 10 minutes left.

The impressive Le Tallec played Emile Heskey clear with a brilliant through ball over the top of Crewe's defence. Heskey's shot beat the keeper but rebounded across the face of the goal after hitting the post. This was the fourth time the woodwork had came to Crewe's rescue.

Neil Mellor then headed over from 6 yards out as Liverpool looked more and more like scoring.

In the final minute the young replacement keeper produced a great save of his own from a left footed volley by Gregory Vignal.


Thor Zakariassen