Garcia (31), Morientes (49), Baros (53, 59)
Rivaldo (40), Djordjevic (Pen 77, 83)
Carson, Josemi, Hyypia, Medjani, Riise, Garcia,
gerrard, Hamann, Potter, Cisse, Crouch
Whitbread, Warnock, Alonso, Sissoko, Zenden,
Morientes, Baros, Carragher, Le Tallec
Reto Rutz (Switzerland)
Shots on target:
Shots off target:
"I think we are
strong in midfield."
2507: Crouch in goal
2307: Rafa pleased with
2307: Reds smash four
past Greek champions
in goal pledge
By Tony Barrett - Liverpool Echo
Peter Crouch today spoke of his pride at pulling on a
Liverpool shirt for the first time - and pledged to
score the goals to take his new club to yet more glory.
The Reds' new £7m signing enjoyed a promising debut in
Liverpool's 4- 3 win over Olympiakos on Saturday,
setting up the first goal for Luis Garcia and proving a
constant menace to the Greek defence.
Crouch, who is eligible to play in tomorrow night's
Champions League qualifier against FC Kaunas, said: "To
be honest, I was just glad to be able to wear that
famous red jersey for the first time.
"That was a dream come true for me and now I'm just
looking forward to doing it again.
"I would have loved to have scored but that wasn't to
be, although I've been told the goal I had ruled out for
offside was actually okay.
"I might have missed out against Olympiakos but
hopefully it'll come against Kaunas if I'm selected."
Crouch admits many still view him simply as a target man
but says his ability with the ball at his feet will come
to the fore.
"Because I'm tall people tend to think that I'm only
good with my head but they will see that I can play with
my feet as well.
"I like to get the ball down and use it and this should
stand me in good stead at Anfield because I know that's
the Liverpool way.
"The run I had for the first goal is as much what I'm
about as winning head-ers. I went on a bit of a mazy one
and, to be honest, I wanted to get a shot away myself
but the ball broke to Luis Garcia and he tucked it away
He added "I have set myself a target for scoring goals
like I do every year but I'll be keeping that to myself.
"But I know that if I score goals and perform well it
will help the team."
Rafael Benitez said: "Peter did very well for the first
goal and he is a clever player. He has a good touch and
can bring other players into the game. He knows what we
want from him."
Xabi Alonso insisted Crouch's arrival has lifted the
He said: "Last season we were guilty of giving the ball
away too often and maybe Crouch can help us keep
possession further up the pitch.
"When a good player joins, it gives everyone a lift and
the more good players you have, the better you have to
play to earn a place in the team. That's got to be a
with Crouch debut
By Steve Hunter - LFC Official Website
Rafael Benitez said he was pleased with his side's
fitness and style of play during the entertaining 4-3
win over Olympiacos in Liechtenstein and declared
himself highly satisfied with debutant Peter Crouch.
Crouch helped set up the opening goal with a strong and
determined run and when he was closed out Luis Garcia
Benitez said: "Peter played well. He did very well for
the first goal and he is a clever player. He has a good
touch and can bring other players into the game. He
knows what we want from him and he gives us lots of
The Liverpool manager believes he has a better squad
than the one he had last season and said he is trying
hard to bring in some more players in the very near
One player already at the club who is hoping to enjoy an
injury free run in the team is Xabi Alonso. The Spanish
midfield maestro played the second half and displayed
some of his trademark defence splitting passes and
Benitez said he is a very important player.
Benitez said: "I think we are strong in midfield. We
have Steve, Xabi, Didi, Momo Sissoko and we have lots of
options. It means I can rest players when they need to
be and bring others in who will do a very good job.
"Xabi is a very good player. He links the play and he
opens up defences with his passing and he is looking
"I thought this was a good game for the supporters,
seven goals and lots of chances. There was two teams
playing at a high level and we are in a good physical
condition and getting better. I thought we played some
good football and we are scoring goals which is good.
"We are trying to bring in some more players and this
season we will have a stronger and better squad than the
smash four past Greek champions
By Paul Rogers - LFC Official Website
If Peter Crouch's arrival on Merseyside was supposed
to spell the end of the Anfield dream for Milan Baros,
someone must have forgotten to tell the Czech
While Crouch was the undisputed star of the first-half -
going close on two occasions and setting up Luis
Garcia's opener with a great run into the box after 31
minutes - there was no doubting Baros was the liveliest
player on the pitch after the interval.
The Liverpool No.5, linked by the media with a move away
from Anfield all summer, entered the pitch after
half-time with the scores level after Rivaldo had
cancelled out Garcia's opening goal on 40 minutes, and
then set about single-handedly taking the game to the
Within minutes of being on the pitch, Baros had set
Fernando Morientes up to slot home Liverpool's second
and then he got in on the act, heading in a Stephen
Warnock cross and rounding the 'keeper to double our
lead during the space of six electrifying second-half
Liverpool's lead could have been extended further still
when Baros again found Morientes with a cross from the
right only for Erwin Lemmens to dive low to block the
We've always known Milan Baros was capable of putting
the ball in the back of the net but tonight he
demonstrated that maybe, just maybe, he's now started to
use his head a bit more and find his team-mates in space
rather than trying to beat the world on his own.
With both Djibril Cisse and Luis Garcia linking well
with Crouch in the first-half and Sissoko and Xabi
Alonso impressing during the second period, Liverpool
are starting to look like they finally have a decent
squad to choose from with options in almost every
A penalty from Predrag Djordjevic on 76 minutes after
Zak Whitbread was adjudged to have brought down Yiannis
Okkas and another well-taken goal from the No.11 seven
minutes later when he rounded Scott Carson might have
taken the shine off the night for Rafael Benitez but
it's still five wins out of five for the Reds this
Scoring goals might have been a problem last season but
after smashing 17 goals in five games, Rafa will no
doubt be turning his attention away from his strikers
and onto his defence.
Milan Baros, for one, will be happy about that.