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Liverpool v Olympiacos


3 Aug 2013, KO: 12:45

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Post That's all from us here - join us on Wednesday from Norway, as the Reds continue their pre-season preparations against Valerenga. YNWA.
Post Check the homepage now for highlights and reaction from Anfield on an emotional day for Steven Gerrard.
Post We also spoke to the manager, Brendan Rodgers, once the game was finished and keep an eye on LFC TV and Liverpoolfc.com for an interview with Robbie Fowler which is interrupted by Jamie Carragher.
Post After attending to press duties, the skipper was locked in conversation with Gerard Houllier, Gary McAllister, Phil Thompson and Roy Hodgson.
Post Gerrard seemed genuinely overwhelmed when speaking to LFC TV in the tunnel post-match. Check Liverpoolfc.com later this afternoon for full reaction from the Liverpool captain.
Post The captain is taking a lap of honour around the pitch, heartily clapping each and every section of the ground.
92 FULL-TIME: Another pre-season victory and another clean sheet for the Reds, courtesy of Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson. A fitting way to mark Steven Gerrard’s testimonial match.
91 Dangerous free-kick for the visitors at the edge of the area after a foul on Vladimir Weiss by Daniel Agger.
90 Two minutes added on.
89 Entering the closing minutes at Anfield.
84 Substitution: Brad Jones for Simon Mignolet:
84 Huge noise as the man of the hour leaves the pitch.
84 Substitution: Jay Spearing for Steven Gerrard:
83 Paulo Machado tests Mignolet for the first time in a while with a sharp, dipping effort from the edge of the area. Our new ‘keeper handles well.
81 Almost! Gerrard slips Fowler in with space but his quick strike is deflected wide for a corner.
80 10 minutes left to play. Fingers crossed for a Fowler or Gerrard goal...
77 Incredible noise when Robbie Fowler was introduced to the action - deafening.
75 Substitution: Charalambos Lykogiannis for Joel Campbell:
75 Substitution: Dimitris Diamantakos for Giannis Maniatis:
75 Substitution: Avraam Papadopulos for Dimitris Siovas:
73 Substitution: Robbie Fowler for Raheem Sterling:
73 Substitution: Luis Alberto for Philippe Coutinho:
71 Nearly three for the hosts as Jose Enrique bursts forward down the left wing and works enough room for a blast at goal which is beaten away.
69 Henderson clearly fancies goals today – the No.14 takes possession on the left side and has nothing in mind other than shooting. Straight at the ‘keeper this time, though.
65 Busy couple of minutes there, to say the least.
63 Within seconds of coming on, Henderson scores! The England midfielder is found in the left channel by Raheem Sterling and calmly side-foots beyond the onrushing goalkeeper for 2-0.
63 GOAL! Jordan Henderson:
62 Substitution: Jamie Carragher for Kolo Toure:
62 Substitution: Jordan Henderson for Joe Allen:
62 Substitution: Luis Suarez for Iago Aspas:
61 So close for Sterling, who breaks clear and lobs a yard wide of the post.
59 As is Jamie Carragher!
59 Luis Suarez is coming on.
58 Substitution: Javier Saviola for Kostas Mitroglou:
58 Substitution: Paulo Machado for Alejandro Dominguez:
58 Substitution: Kostas Manolas for Carl Medjani:
55 Raheem Sterling then curls wide.
54 Also stretching his legs is Philippe Coutinho, gliding past challenges as he only can. The Brazilian attacker shapes his body to find the far post but the strike is comfortably stopped by Balazs Megveri.
52 Big cheers from the Anfield Road end as a group of Liverpool substitutes, including Carragher, stretch their legs.
48 Two changes for the visitors at half-time but none for Liverpool, who have started the second period in exactly the same manner that they ended the first.
46 Substitution: Anastasios Papazoglou for Leandro Salino:
46 Substitution: Vladimír Weiss for Andreas Samaris:
46 KICK-OFF: We're underway again for the second half.
45 Brad Jones is also out practising his kicking with goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.
45 Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler undertaking an extensive warm-up during the break.
45 @VincentKompany: Steven G is awesome. Best P.L. player I've ever played against but I can't watch no more friendlies. I'm watching Championship today! :-)
45 HALF-TIME: The first half concludes with Liverpool leading by just a single goal but having produced a performance worth much more. Joe Allen has scored one but could have had more, while Iago Aspas and Philippe Coutinho have also caught the eye.
45 One minute of added time.
42 Now Sterling looks to get Gerrard through with a through ball in the right channel but the goalkeeper clears the danger for the visitors.
40 Gerrard marries a late run into the box with an incisive pass from Coutinho but the move breaks down yards before goal. Excellent play from the home side.
38 Almost another goal for Joe Allen – Gerrard finds his midfield colleague with a curling delivery into the danger area and the No.24 connects with a header but the attempt lacks power.
32 Terrific strike by Glen Johnson, who so typically joins the attack and shifts the ball onto his left foot before lashing an effort at the Olympiacos target. The ball drifted narrowly wide.
28 Fair to say that goal had been coming for Liverpool, and indeed Allen – it’s a deserved lead which could have been added to by Iago Aspas or Kolo Toure since.
23 After missing a brilliant opportunity following superb work by Iago Aspas, midfielder Allen finally converts for the hosts. Aspas it is with the assist, driving low across the area to the back post – where the No.24 has the simplest of tasks to tap home.
23 GOAL! Joe Allen:
21 Ambitious drive by Andreas Samaris from probably 40 yards dribbles low and wide.
19 The Reds break on the counter-attack, with Raheem Sterling smartly feeding Coutinho to the left. The Brazilian works it back to his younger teammate, whose effort is too weak to trouble the visiting ‘keeper.
18 Lovely bit of skill by Aspas, who flicked the ball around his marker with his heel and got a shot away into the side-netting. The No.9 was again assisted by Allen, who has been afforded licence to break forward regularly here.
13 Break in play with Alejandro Dominguez down injured; Brendan Rodgers has a word with Enrique on the touchline.
10 And the captain just struck one pass straight at the referee – sore one for Mark Halsey.
9 We’re all dreaming of a Gerrard strike today and the No.8 lets fly from distance after releasing Jose Enrique and taking possession of a rebound. Over the bar on this occasion.
7 Brief sight of goal for Olympiacos forward Kostas Mitroglou, but he snatches at the attempt and had been penalised for a foul on Daniel Agger in any case.
5 Some fancy footwork by new stopper Simon Mignolet there, dribbling by an opponent under pressure. The Kop appreciated that show of confidence.
4 Great chance for a first Anfield goal for Iago Aspas! Allen capitalises on some sloppy defending to find himself free centrally. The Welshman drives at goal and releases the Spaniard to his left, but the forward’s drive goalwards is blocked away.
2 The Reds have enjoyed all of the ball in the early stages, with loud cheers every time Gerrard takes a touch. Joe Allen flashes a shot wide with the first opening of the match.
1 KICK-OFF
Pre The teams are out and forming a guard of honour to welcome Steven Gerrard.
Pre Ex-Liverpool defender John Arne Riise is among a number of familiar faces in the directors’ box for today’s match.
Pre Sensational cheers from around the ground as teams are read out including the names of Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler. Although, of course, no applause comes close to that for the captain.
Pre Easy to forget that this is a first chance for Kopites to see our summer signings up close – Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure all experiencing Anfield for the first time today. Luis Alberto on the bench.
Pre Huge applause for Jamie Carragher as he warms up in front of the Kop stand.
Pre Steven Gerrard and Ian Ayre have just exchanged tokens of respect with the Olympiacos captain on the pitch in memory of Hillsborough and the worst football tragedy in Greek history.
Pre According to our maths, this will be the highest attended LFC testimonial since Roger Hunt in 1972.
Pre Robbie Fowler’s last appearance for the Reds at Anfield was in May 2007, in a 2-2 draw against Charlton Athletic. In total, the striker nicknamed ‘God’ fired 183 goals across two spells with the club.
Pre Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has just been mobbed on his entrance into Anfield. Still plenty of affection here for the Frenchman who guided the Reds to a treble in the 2000-01 season.
Pre The Reds have two No.9s today – both Iago Aspas and Robbie Fowler will sport their preferred number this afternoon.
Pre Substitutes: Jones, Kelly, Alberto, Skrtel, Downing, Henderson, Ibe, Wisdom, Coates, Borini, Spearing, Suarez, Carragher, Fowler.
Pre Reds XI: Mignolet, Enrique, Agger, Toure, Johnson, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Coutinho, Sterling, Aspas.
Pre We have the confirmed LFC team to face Olympiacos in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial match…
Pre You can read our final-whistle match report at full-time and we’ll bring you all of the best images from the clash before hearing the thoughts of those involved with post-match interviews in the Anfield tunnel.
Pre Get involved in today’s events and have your say by using the hashtag #GerrardTestimonial. What are your favourite memories of the skipper? What is his greatest goal for the Reds?
Pre We’ll have confirmed LFC team news directly from the home team dressing room before anywhere else, and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for exclusive photos from the ground.
Pre Stay on this page for live updates from Anfield throughout the day as well as audio commentary, with kick-off scheduled for 12.45pm BST. Please note that this is a change from the original kick-off of 2pm.
Pre Tune into LFC TV for all of the build-up, though, with our ‘Countdown to Kick Off’ programme and return post-match for our phone-in show.
Pre LFC TV Online subscribers can watch every kick from Anfield today live online; the match will not be broadcast on LFC TV. For more details and information on signing up from £2.99, check the Liverpoolfc.com homepage.
Pre Their 2013-14 preparations will conclude with journeys to Valerenga on Wednesday and Scottish champions Celtic next Saturday before the Barclays Premier League season kicks off against Stoke City on August 17.
Pre Today’s match is the fifth of seven pre-season fixtures for Rodgers’ side, following victories without conceding a goal against Preston North End, an Indonesia XI, Melbourne Victory and the Thailand national team.
Pre "I want to try to win a few more cups before I go out and I'd like to experience playing in the Champions League again. So there are still a lot of goals and ambitions I want to achieve."
Pre "People talk about my loyalty towards the club, but I certainly appreciate the loyalty that the club show me back - offering me a testimonial shows that,” Gerrard told LFC TV.
Pre While there you will also find an exclusive interview with Gerrard himself, who reveals why he owes the club a debt of gratitude; Rodgers, meanwhile, explains that his skipper has the ‘X factor’ and teammate Glen Johnson ranks the midfielder as the greatest in LFC history.
Pre For more fascinating facts and figures regarding the Liverpool No.8, check the Liverpoolfc.com homepage for a thorough statistics pack courtesy of our resident statto Ged Rea.
Pre During his 15 years in the Reds team, 10 as captain, Gerrard has played 630 games, scored 159 goals and lifted the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups.
Pre And two former Liverpool legends – Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler – are not only in attendance for the match but will be included in the playing squad by manager Brendan Rodgers.
Pre Kopites will gather for the sell-out fixture against Olympiacos, the victims when Gerrard scored arguably his most important goal for the Reds – a stunning late strike which proved the catalyst for Champions League glory in 2005.
Pre Welcome to the Liverpoolfc.com match centre on a special day for Steven Gerrard – the 33-year-old Liverpool captain will be honoured with a testimonial at Anfield today after 15 years of service to the club.