Liverpool capped off their debut fixture in Australia with a 2-0 victory over A-League side Melbourne Victory.

More than 95,000 Liverpool fans squeezed inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Reds’ inaugural appearance Down Under.

Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool the lead on 32 minutes after both engineering and finishing a swift passing move with a neat effort past Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe.

A growing Victory surge was killed off in second-half stoppage-time courtesy of crowd-favourite Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan pulled off a trademark slalom run before driving in a low cross for new Liverpool signing Iago Aspas to tap home.

Melbourne Victory demonstrated admirable courage against their opponents throughout the 90 minutes, but the superior technical ability of Brendan Rodgers’ men eventually prevailed over the raring Aussie side.

Despite the historic night ending in defeat for the A-League club, the match underlined the remarkable progression of Australian football since its long-awaited return to the FIFA World Cup in 2006.

Manchester United also prevailed 5-1 in an exhibition match against the A-League All Stars in Sydney last Saturday.

After partially hosting the successful pre-season tours of both Premier League outfits, the Australian Football Federation is eager to welcome other big-name clubs to Australia in the near future.


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