Liverpool recorded a straightforward 4-0 victory in their post-season friendly against Shamrock Rovers at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The travellers required just eight minutes to break the deadlock, with Iago Aspas capitalising on space inside the hosts' area to calmly plant a clinical, left-footed finish into the far corner and hand his team control.
Within seconds of the resumption after the break, Fabio Borini found the back of the net with a memorable effort which curled beautifully, and further gloss was provided by smart goals from Martin Kelly and Jack Dunn late on.
Brendan Rodgers had named an interesting mix of youth and experience in his starting XI, with the respective returns from loan of Borini, Conor Coady and Jordon Ibe perhaps the headline news from Dublin.
On three minutes, effective pressing by Aspas presented the Spaniard with an opportunity to search out Borini with a lofted cross to the back post, although the No.29 was not quite tall enough to complete a successful connection.
Those in attendance did not have to wait much longer to witness the ball hit the back of the net, however; outrageous pace from Ibe pushed the 18-year-old into space on the left edge of the area and the youngster's precise cross created a straightforward finish for the Reds' No.9.
Clearly keen to make an impression having just returned from a productive spell with Sunderland, Borini's movement was a notable factor in the first quarter-hour, but he was forced wide after collecting an Aspas defence-splitter.
At the other end, Brad Jones had to move quickly to palm out a Ciaran Kilduff header. Coady then watched a low drive deflect out for a corner following industrious work by Joe Allen, moving forward into Shamrock territory.
Dancing inside from the left flank, Ibe's eyes lit up at the chance to add his name to the scoresheet but once again a clip off a Rovers opponent carried another Liverpool blasted strike out of play and maintained the single-goal deficit.
Aspas found himself clean through and in prime position to curl home a second moments before the half-time break, but struck at goalkeeper Barry Murphy, before Shamrock midfielder Ryan Brennan was bemoaning his luck as a sublime header bounced off the post and rolled along the goalline.
The home stopper acrobatically punched over a powerful hit from the left by Brad Smith, who had rampaged forward, and the referee's whistle soon called time on the opening period to ensure the score read 1-0 at the interval.
As at the beginning of the encounter, the Reds struck early once the two teams had returned for the second period; Ibe surged forward centrally and released Borini to the left, allowing the Italian to shape his body and plant a curling shot into the side-netting of the far corner.
Ibe should have been celebrating a strike of his own at the conclusion of an incisive dribble - courtesy of back-heel help from Aspas - but fired over, and Borini smacked a drive against the base of the right post and watched the ball bounce clear off Murphy.
The three members of Rodgers' forward line on the evening posed constant problems for the home defence and the Shamrock goalkeeper had to scurry backwards to tip over a lofted chip by Aspas after typically progressive play by Ibe.
On 76 minutes, Liverpool claimed the third goal their play deserved; this time it was Aspas making ground and when his strike took a looping deflection, Kelly was positioned to profit at the back post with an athletic finish at an awkward height.
Remarkably, Ibe was thwarted at the last by Murphy as he looked certain to add a fourth for the Reds, but Dunn blasted into the near post in the closing stages as Rodgers' charges signed off 2013-14 with a fitting win.