Rafa Benitez expressed delight at the progress shown by his team in the build-up to their upcoming campaign as they celebrated their first pre-season victory with a 5-0 demolition of Singapore at the National Stadium on Sunday.
The Reds gave a disjointed appearance in the first half but took the lead with the final kick before half-time when Andriy Voronin's long-range effort found the net, before improving after the break with a brace from Krisztian Nemeth and a goal each by Albert Riera and Fernando Torres rounding things off.
"Normally during the pre-season, you can see the team getting fitter each week. In this case, we have been in Asia for one week and it was really good," said Benitez just before the team jetted back to Europe.
"Today (Sunday), you could see that the team was stronger and fitter. Especially in the second half, when our opponents were a little bit more tired, we could play much better and we had more opportunities.
"We still have three more games before we start the season against Tottenham so there's still plenty of time to decide on the team. The Spanish internationals and (Andrea) Dossena came in late as well so they will need some time to be ready."
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