Liverpool arrived in Brisbane today following an easy win overnight against a Thai Premier League All Stars XI in Bangkok as Reds fever sweeps Australia once again.
As Raheem Sterling was completing his medical for a move to Manchester City, the Reds were showing they might be able to cope without their star winger with a comfortable 4-0 win.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 15, 2015
Despite heavy rain at the Rajamangala National Stadium, a huge crowd turned out to see the EPL club and they made a cracking start.
Lazar Markovic gave Liverpool the lead inside three minutes, steaming onto Joao Teixeira’s through-ball to round the ‘keeper and slot home from a narrow angle.
— Mamadou Sakho (@mamadousakho3) July 14, 2015
The Reds had a goal disallowed midway through the half due to a foul from Mamadou Sakho but the defender got his name on the scoresheet just before the break.
The Frenchman rose unopposed to power home a header from close range.
Brendan Rodgers made 11 changes at half-time, handing debuts to key new additions James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne.
Skipper Jordan Henderson produced a classy Rabona to set up the Reds’ third goal, his delightful flick over the All Stars defence was rifled home by Adam Lallana.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 14, 2015
Belgian striker Divock Origi – who spent last season on loan at Lille – came close with two efforts that rebounded back off the woodwork but he wouldn’t be denied four minutes from time.
Origi wasn’t picked up from a corner, getting free of his marker to plant a header into the corner of the net.
Liverpool are now in Australia with a clash against Hyundai A-League clubs Brisbane Roar at a sold-out Suncorp Stadium on Friday night in front of over 50,000 fans, before heading to Adelaide Oval to take on the Reds on Monday for another sell out.
Ironically, Sterling is also due in Queensland today with the star striker linking up with Manchester City this week as they continue their pre-season on Australia's playground the Gold Coast, just an hour down the road from Liverpool's base in Brisbane.
Tomorrow, Liverpool will train at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium and have a busy schedule of public appearances.
The Reds last played in Australia in 2013 where a 90,000 plus crowd saw them play at the MCG against Melbourne Victory.