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Liverpool outclass A-League Champions in post-season friendly

  • Liverpool outclass A-League Champions in post-season friendly

    Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (L) congratulates teammate Roberto Firmino (C) after his goal against Sydney FC during their end-of-season friendly football match at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney on May 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool outclass A-League Champions in post-season friendly

    Liverpool fans sing prior to an end-of-season friendly football match against Sydney FC at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney on May 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool outclass A-League Champions in post-season friendly

    Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp applauds the fans after their end-of-season friendly football match against Sydney FC at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney on May 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool outclass A-League Champions in post-season friendly

    Liverpool's Alberto Moreno (2nd R) celebrates a goal with teammates against Sydney FC during their end-of-season friendly football match at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney on May 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool outclass A-League Champions in post-season friendly

    Liverpool's Alberto Moreno scores a goal against Sydney FC during their end-of-season friendly football match at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney on May 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool outclass A-League Champions in post-season friendly

    Liverpool (L) and Sydney FC players observe a minute's silence for victims of the Manchester terror attack during their end-of-season friendly football match at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney on May 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool outclass A-League Champions in post-season friendly

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24: Adam Lallana of Liverpool controls the ball during the International Friendly match between Sydney FC and Liverpool FC at ANZ Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

A dominant first-half display from stars Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge led the cause last night in Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium. 

The Reds finished their 2016-17 Premier League campaign with a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough just three days prior to the friendly to confirm their status in the 2017-18 Champions League qualifying phase. 

72, 892 fans were on hand to catch a glimpse of the Reds for their visit to Sydney and the emotionally-charged rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" was another brilliant display of passion from Liverpool's strong band of Aussie supporters and enough to give any neutral goosebumps.

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Four legends donned the Liverpool jersey again as Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher (first half) and Steve McManaman and Daniel Agger (second half) rolled back the years. 

Gerrard almost sent the crowd into a frenzy just a couple of minutes into the game when he met Firmino's lofted ball on the half-volley directly in front of the goal, however it kept rising. 

Fans didn't have to wait too long for a goal though as striker Daniel Sturridge toyed with the defence before cutting onto his right and unleashing a strike into the bottom left corner after just eight minutes.  

The A-League champions, Sydney were on the backfoot for the majority of the encounter and found it difficult to launch an attack with the likes of David Carney and George Blackwood finding it difficult to beat the ever-present Carragher.

Left-back Alberto Moreno was making productive runs forward and it paid off . The Spaniard was on hand to strike a well-controlled finish past Danny Vukovic after Firmino dinked a stunning ball over the defensive line. 

Sturridge continued to threaten down the right side and whipped in a ball for Roberto Firmino to knock in with his thigh at the near post shortly before half-time. 

Manager Jurgen Klopp used the friendly as an opportunity for plenty of youngsters to gain more experience with teenagers Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn, the only Liverpool players to play all 90 minutes. Connor Randall, Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster also made good on their chances as they try to make the full-time leap to the first-team. 

Sydney FC were missing Milos Ninkovic and Jordy Buijs while Filip Holosko has recently left the club. 

Although they travelled, first-team regulars Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi didn't make an appearance while Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane are still sidelined with injury. 

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