Liverpool won last night’s friendly against the A-League’s Melbourne Victory 2-0 with goals from Steven Gerrard and Iago Aspas. The crowd was a sea of red, 95,000 piling into the MCG for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see their heroes play.
Liverpool’s famous You’ll Never Walk Alone, traditionally sung before every match, had the ecstatic fans waving their scarves aloft and singing as one. Fan Ray Gatt told the Newsroom it was “one of the most amazing experiences I’ve witnessed at a sporting event here – almost on par with the national anthem before the Australia v Uruguay World Cup qualifier in 2005”.
Melbourne Victory were no pushover and produced a challenge for Liverpool who fielded a near full-strength squad. The Reds got their breakthrough late in the first half when midfielder Joe Allen played captain Steven Gerrard into space to fire the ball home past goalkeeper Nathan Coe.
Gerrard told the press later “Every time you put the Liverpool shirt on you’ve got to give it your best and you want to win every game you play.” He was subbed off on the hour to roars from the adoring fans.
Gatt said the crowd went wild when Gerrard scored. “Unbelievable. It almost lifted the roof. Hearing YNWA being sung by the stadium and Stevie G scoring, I think fulfilled every Liverpool fan’s dream. It’s what they wanted”.
Striker Luis Suarez, subbed on in the 72nd minute, showed just why he is being pursued by the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid when he set up Agas to tap in Liverpool’s second from four yards. – Blake Moretti
Top photo of Liverpool fans singing You’ll never walk alone from Liverpool FC’s Twitter account.