The second English Premier League team in a week to play in Australia also managed a victory as Liverpool beat Melbourne Victory 2-0 at the MCG on Wednesday night.
It was an impressive night for football in Australia, more than the A-League All Star Game as 95,446 turned out to see the match, the largest crowd ever for a match involving an Australian team in Australia (third on the list of all-time matches in Australia behind the 1956 and 2000 Olympics finals)
Melbourne Victory started well holding possession well and holding Liverpool back with Connor Pain and Jesse Makarounas making a number of runs up the middle.
Raheem Sterling had Liverpool’s first chance in the sixth minute as he broke through the offside trap and tried to chip Nathan Coe but shot wide.
A counter attack in the tenth minute allowed Victory another chance as Connor Pain got away from his marker but was denied when his heavy touch allowed Socceroos goalkeeper Brad Jones to recover the save.
A corner allowed Sterling his next chance after he recovered an over-hit corner but he sent his shot wide of the mark.
Victory nearly took the lead against the run of play as Andre Nabbout found space and shot powerfully from distance only to be denied by a solid Jones save.
In the 32nd minute the goal came as Steven Gerrard was able to receive the ball and then shoot off the cross from just inside the area giving Liverpool the lead.
That woke Liverpool up and they completely dominated the closing ten minutes of the half with Gerrard continuing to look dangerous but they couldn’t add a second as they went to the break 1-0 up.
The second half saw Victory sit back deep and absorb pressure while they looked to hit Liverpool on the counter, unsurprisingly resulting in Liverpool having a host of early chances with Fabio Borini looking dangerous.
On the hour mark Connor Pain nearly found an equalizer for Victory as he hit a powerful shot that Jones pushed just wide of goal, barely sparing Liverpool.
A line-change style substitution in the 72nd minute proved a vital push for Liverpool as they really went for the match in the final 20 minutes, dominating proceedings.
That dominance paid off in the 92nd minute as Luis Suarez received a short corner and mesmerized Pain and James Jeggo with his dribbling before squaring for Iago Aspas who was left with a simple finish for a 2-0 Liverpool win.
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