After The Match 


Singapore-Liverpool 0-5 (0-1)         26.7.09            PS-friendly
Goals: Voronin (45), Riera (54), Nemeth (73, 83), Torres (80)
Team: Cavalieri (Gulacsi 46, Reina 78), Degen (Spearing 61), San Jose (Insua 46), Carragher (Kelly 61), Agger (Alonso 78), Benayoun (Kuyt 61), Lucas (Pacheco 61), Mascherano (Plessis 61), Babel (Riera 46, Dossena 78),
Voronin (Torres 61), Ngog (Nemeth 61)
Not used: Arbeloa, Johnson
Yellow: Rahman (37)
Red: None
Referee: Abbdul Malik Bashir
Shots on target:
Shots off target:
Blocked shots:
Fouls conceded:

HEADLINES "I think we
are improving physically every
single day."
Rafael Benitez
2607: Rafa: Nemeth is a great finisher
2607: Nemeth bags brace in Reds stroll


Liverpool and Agger fly high in Singapore.
(Photo: Getty Images)

Rafa: Nemeth is a great finisher

By James Carroll - LFC Official Website

Rafa Benitez paid tribute to Krisztian Nemeth after the young striker claimed a brace of goals in Liverpool's 5-0 victory over Singapore on Sunday.

The Hungarian was introduced to the action after an hour and wasted no time in finding the back of the net twice to help the Reds to their first win of pre-season.

"Nemeth is a great finisher. He has scored a lot of goals in the reserve team and today he showed why," Benitez told

Andriy Voronin, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres also got on the scoresheet as Liverpool wrapped-up their Asian tour in emphatic fashion.

Benitez continued: "It was a good game. We worked hard and played at a high tempo with a professional mentality.

"I think we are improving physically every single day.

"Some of the players returned late from international duty so it was important for them to play for 30 minutes.

"You can see that some of them are a little bit tired, but the mentality and attitude was good and it was a very good game."

The Reds will now return to Merseyside ahead of next Sunday's friendly clash against Espanyol in Barcelona.

"We can now rest a little bit, spend some time with our families and afterwards start to train again," added the Reds boss.

Nemeth bags brace in Reds stroll


Krisztian Nemeth scored twice and Xabi Alonso made his first pre-season appearance as Liverpool beat Singapore 5-0 at the National Stadium.

Seeking their first pre-season victory after draws with Thailand and Swiss side St Gallen and a 1-0 loss to Rapid Vienna, the Reds gave a disjointed appearance in the first half but took the lead with the final kick before half-time when Andriy Voronin's long-range effort found the net.

Albert Riera extended the advantage early in the second half before Nemeth struck twice in the final 17 minutes with a Fernando Torres effort wedged in between.

With Rafael Benitez including a number of unfamiliar faces including goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri, defenders Mikel Dominguez and Philipp Degen and forward David Ngog in his starting line-up, the Reds struggled to assert themselves in the first half against a defensively-minded Singapore side.

Ryan Babel rose above the Singapore defence to put a header straight at goalkeeper Hassan Sunny after seven minutes but apart from that, there was little to entertain the crowd in the first half as the Premier League side were restricted to shots from distance.

There were some moments of concern for the Reds as Javier Mascherano twice went to ground after heavy challenges by Mustafic Fahrudin and Noh Alam Shah and the hosts nearly took a shock lead in the 22nd minute when Shi Jiayi's through pass released Shahril Ishak whose weak shot was easily saved by Cavalieri.

But in stoppage time at the end of the half, Liverpool's opening goal arrived from out of the blue as Voronin got past the challenge of Fahrudin and, with the Singapore defence backing off, fired in an innocuous low shot that crept past a late-diving Hassan.

Buoyed by the unexpected goal, Liverpool were much improved after the break and extended their lead 10 minutes into the second half when Mascharano floated in a fine cross from the right for Riera, who chested the ball down at the far post before firing a low shot past Hassan.

The fans were clamouring for an appearance by Torres and got their wish just after the hour when he was brought on with Dirk Kuyt in place of Yossi Benayoun and Ngog.

It was the Dutchman that would make the bigger impression though setting up the last three goals, beginning in the 73rd minute when he crossed from the right for 20-year-old Nemeth to slide the ball past Hassan to make it 3-0.

Alonso came on in the 77th minute for Daniel Agger and just three minutes later started the move that ended with Kuyt crossing for an unmarked Torres to apply the finishing touch from point blank range for his first pre-season goal.

And with seven minutes left, another Kuyt cross found Nemeth, who headed home his second of the game.

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