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Preston v Liverpool

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13 Jul 2013, KO: 15:00

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Post That’s all from us for today, we hope you enjoyed watching the Reds kick off pre-season in style amid the sunshine. Join us again next Saturday for the second match, in Jakarta. YNWA.
Post Full interviews with Ibe and Rodgers will be available in text and video shortly, while our new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s thoughts can be heard tomorrow.
Post “I’ve always wanted to score in an important match, especially playing with the first team, so once that went over the line I felt so happy.”
Post “It felt really good, especially scoring and playing with the first team. I enjoyed it a lot,” Ibe said post-match.
Post Highlights are now becoming available for LFC TV Online subscribers too, while we have been garnering the thoughts of goalscorer Jordon Ibe and manager Brendan Rodgers.
Post Don’t forget, this match was just the start of the Reds’ pre-season programme. The squad fly out to Indonesia next week to begin their summer tour, which will include fixtures in Jakarta, Melbourne and Bangkok – all available to watch live online.
Post Head over to the Liverpoolfc.com homepage now for plenty of photos from today’s handsome victory over Preston, plus our final-whistle match report directly from Deepdale.
90 FULL-TIME: The final whistle blows and the Reds get their pre-season off to a great start with a comfortable win
88 Sterling almost latches onto a high ball over the top after Alberto went close to opening his Reds account but fired straight at the 'keeper
85 The Liverpool fans are belting out You'll Never Walk Alone in full voice now - they've watched a promising performance here
81 Substitution: Martin Kelly for Jack Robinson:
77 Substitution: Danny Ward for Simon Mignolet:
75 GOAL! Iago Aspas: The Reds' new forward fires one in from the edge of the box - what a strike!
72 Substitution: Ryan Croasdale for John Mousinho:
66 Plenty of composure from Sterling there to make it 3-0. He had bags of time to go past the 'keeper and slide the ball into an empty net
64 GOAL! Raheem Sterling: The youngster breaks clear of the Preston defence, rounds the 'keeper and rolls the ball home
63 Lucas has taken the armband from Agger for this second half
61 Pacheco collects a loose ball in the penalty area, nutmegs one man, before jinking away from another - all in the space of about six yards, but he can't quite hook the ball back into the middle and it's out for a goal-kick
57 Great pace from Sterling, who muscles his marker off the ball on the touchline and shoots from a tight angle, drawing a fine save from Preston's stopper
49 Sterling finds Pacheco on the edge of the box and the Spaniard turns instinctively to lash an effort at goal, but the 'keeper is alert
47 Substitution: Shane Cansdell-Sheriff for Joe Garner:
47 We're up and running again here. Wisdom and Skrtel are the centre-back pairing, while it looks like up at the other end, Alberto is playing just behind Aspas
46 Substitution: Iain Hume for John Welsh:
46 Substitution: Ben Davies for David Buchanan:
46 Substitution: Graham Cummins for Stuart Beavon:
46 Substitution: Joel Byrom for Chris Humphrey:
46 Substitution: Lee Holmes for Paul Huntington:
46 Substitution: Nicky Wroe for Scott Laird:
46 Substitution: Thorsten Stuckmann for Declan Rudd:
46 SECOND HALF: The Reds get us underway here after the interval. The boss has made 10 changes to the side
46 Substitution: Daniel Pacheco for Jordan Henderson:
46 Substitution: Stewart Downing for Philippe Coutinho:
46 Substitution: Luis Alberto for Oussama Assaidi:
46 Substitution: Iago Aspas for Fabio Borini:
46 Substitution: Raheem Sterling for Jordon Ibe:
46 Substitution: Lucas Leiva for Joe Allen:
46 Substitution: Jack Robinson for Jon Flanagan:
46 Substitution: Glen Johnson for Jay Spearing:
46 Substitution: Andre Wisdom for Kolo Toure:
46 Substitution: Martin Skrtel for Daniel Agger:
45 HALF-TIME: That's all for now at Deepdale as the referee signals the interval
41 A good break from the Reds sees Coutinho slip a pass into Assaidi, who twists and turns inside the penalty area, before smashing the ball against the legs of Rudd and it's behind for a corner
39 @theliverword: great goal Ibe, 2-0 #LFC hope he plays a lot next season
38 @Lost_Sophist: Great goal from Jordan Ibe #LFC.... he ran across box, got on right foot, and put it through defenders legs into the corner.... 2-0 up
37 What a great goal that was from Ibe - he's been threatening to do something like that all game. When the chance came, and he saw half a yard of space to exploit, he was ruthless
36 GOAL! Jordon Ibe: Ibe cuts in from the left and hammers a low shot past Rudd for 2-0
34 Borini darts in behind the Preston defence; however, when the 'keeper comes out to close the angle, Liverpool's Italian fires wide. It was a great chance to make it 2-0
32 Mignolet gets down smartly to save a fierce long-range strike from Scott Laird
30 The way the Reds are harrying the opposition here is paying dividends. It was such pressure that led to the penalty earlier - and the likes of Allen and Borini are working tirelessly to close Preston down
27 Here's a tweet from the Daily Mail's @DominicKing_DM after Coutinho scored the only goal of the game so far: "He's wearing a pair of orange & yellow boots but that is all you could fault Coutinho for. Does everything effortlessly."
26 Liverpool appeal for another penalty as Borini is floored in the box - it did look from here as though he was pulled to the floor, but the referee waved play on
24 So far we've had songs for the likes of Sami Hyypia, Maxi Rodriguez, Luis Garcia and one for Carra
22 The Liverpool supporters are picking up where they left off at QPR back in May - in nostalgic mood and rolling out all the old chants
21 Borini is darting every which way in an attempt to shake off his marker and exploit the gaps in behind the Preston defence. Meanwhile, the Reds are settling on the ball and rolling it across the turf at will
17 The travelling Reds treating us to a rendition of 'Team of Carraghers' here as Ibe goes close with a header at the far post that drifts wide
14 Liverpool deservedly lead here and it's the Brazilian schemer who puts them ahead. He was fouled in the box for the penalty - and he grabbed the ball immediately to take the shot
13 GOAL! Philippe Coutinho: Coutinho rolls the ball home from 12 yards
12 PENALTY: Liverpool have been awarded a penalty here - Coutinho to take
11 Assaidi executes a lovely step-over before gliding past his marker and floating a cross into the middle which almost reaches Ibe at the far post
10 Liverpool skipper Agger chests the ball down in the middle of the park and rushes forward before stinging the gloves of Declan Rudd with a 30-yard drive
7 Coutinho seeing plenty of the ball early on - he's just tried to carve an opening by dinking a pass over the top of the opposition defence, but it's too heavy for Henderson to reach
6 Some sharp attacking play from the Reds sees Ibe, Coutinho and Assaidi interchange; however, the wall of white shirts positioned along the edge of the Preston penalty area stands firm
3 Spearing has started the game at right-back here - there was much debate earlier as to who would slot in there. Allen and Henderson take up position in the middle with Assaidi and Ibe out wide
2 A special moment early on in the game as the Liverpool fans behind Mignolet's goal sing a rendition of the famous Shankly chant
1 KICK OFF: We're underway here at Deepdale - Preston get us started
Pre And here comes the two teams to raucous applause - Daniel Agger has the captain's armband on
Pre A glorious sound to hear after almost two months of no football - the travelling Kop in full voice
Pre @Mbhanderi: 1st game of pre season! Finally the footy’s back!! #PNEvLFC #welcomeback #LFC
Pre @Christian0Neill: Excited to see the young players/new players today! #PNEvLFC
Pre That's all for the warm up - the Reds disappear down the tunnel as AC/DC's Back in Black echoes around the ground
Pre LFC press officer Matt McCann informs me that Steven Gerrard, although not in the squad for today's game, has travelled to watch his teammates play their first pre-season game
Pre Meanwhile, the attacking players are hammering shots at Danny Ward, who starts on the bench for the Reds today
Pre Head of fitness Ryland Morgans is currently helping Kolo Toure warm up by launching the ball high into the air for the powerful defender to head clear
Pre ‏@Nathcross83: It may only be a friendly but football is back! #PNEvLFC
Pre @KrishanMistryy: Excited for Liverpool vs. Preston North End, been a while since I've watched Liverpool! #PNEvLFC #LFC #COYR
Pre ‏@DeclanQuinn89: @LFC really looking forward to seeing Aspas and Luis Alberto today! #ExcitingSignings #PNEvLFC
Pre @Vachan5593: Bright and sunny for #PNEvLFC match!!..Hope to see a great game..
Pre The grass has been cut into what looks like a kind of tartan pattern. LFC press officer Steve Astall suggests this could be a nod to the man of the hour and legendary Scot Bill Shankly
Pre The Liverpool players are out on the field warming up now - the sun is beating down and the pitch is in top condition
Pre @Camen_mahli: Liverpools first pre-season game in a bit #BUZZIN #PNEvLFC
Pre @Chris7LFC: Good to see all 4 of the new arrivals starting today. Mignolet, Toure, Aspas and Alberto #PNEvLFC #shanklyshield
Pre And our bench is as follows: Ward, Johnson, Skrtel, Wisdom, Robinson, Lucas, Alberto, Pacheco, Aspas, Sterling, Downing, Kelly.
Pre We’ve got team news here at Deepdale, and we can confirm that Liverpool line up like this: Mignolet, Flannagan, Agger, Toure, Henderson, Spearing, Allen, Assaidi, Borini, Ibe, Coutinho.
Pre Today’s encounter will only be played over 90 minutes; in the event of a draw at Deepdale, the Shankly Shield will be shared by the two clubs.
Pre In preparing his statistics for today’s match, LFC TV commentator Steve Hunter has just shared this superb fact: Liverpool’s leading all-time scorer in fixtures against Preston is Dick Forshaw, who bagged eight in 12 appearances against the Lilywhites.
Pre @NeilMellor33: Superb occasion at Deepdale today with The Shankly Shield up for grabs.Hope everyone going has a great day. #PNEvLFC #preseason
Pre "With Martin Kelly, we just need to assess to see how and where Martin is at. He has obviously worked very hard to get back fit. He has been involved in a lot of the sessions so far. We just need to assess that to see whether Saturday will be the right game for him to come in."
Pre "Raheem has looked great. These are players that are coming back and have looked very good in the early parts of training.
Pre He told Liverpoolfc.com: "Joe Allen had an operation and Raheem was out injured for the latter part of the season.
Pre Rodgers also revealed that Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling are in contention for injury comebacks, while defender Martin Kelly will be assessed further before returning to action.
Pre The manager said: "If they are all well and fit then they will travel for the game on Saturday. Simon Mignolet will play, of course; Aspas, Luis Alberto and Kolo Toure - they will all get a run-out."
Pre Earlier in the week, Rodgers confirmed Liverpool supporters can catch a first glimpse of the club's four summer signings during today's game at Preston.
Pre "I've listened to his tapes and all of the audio; he was an inspirational man who really set the ball rolling here at Liverpool."
Pre "He's an iconic figure for the football club and really set the club on its way to being one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Pre "But you really understand the impact that he made at the club when you come in and speak to the many thousands of supporters, and you speak to people like the groundsman who was here when he was here.
Pre "Before I came into Liverpool, I was well aware of his achievements and the historic nature he has within the game of football," Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.com.
Pre Brendan Rodgers today admitted he has studied the great man's life and career in detail - and has listened to audio tapes recorded by Shankly.
Pre After today's game, his granddaughter, Karen Gill, will present the Shankly Shield to the winning captain.
Pre This September marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the inspirational Reds manager, Bill Shankly, who also spent 16 years as a player at Preston
Pre If you're an LFC TV Online subscriber, you can watch today's coverage from 2pm live online. The game will not be shown live on LFC TV - though there will be delayed coverage on the club's official channel.
Pre Welcome to our live text commentary page for today's friendly against Preston at Deepdale. The Reds are finally back in action after their summer break - and kick off is 3pm BST.