The Reds kick started their 2011/12 campaign with a 3-4 win over the Chinese side Guangdong Sunray Cave.
It was end-to-end, high-tempo and very entertaining game. And was topped off with the brilliant vocal support in the stadium.
However, Reds were the better side during the majority of the game, as expected. David Ngog had lots of chances during the game. After his left-footed shot was saved by the weaker early on in the game, Ngog later on had a chance to put Pacheco through on goal but failed to find as he delayed his pass for just too long.
Liverpool weren’t going to be denied for long. Christian Poulsen side-footed the ball into the net from the cross from Joe Cole.
Reds continued the momentum and within couple of minutes were 2-0 up after David Ngog slid the ball past the goalkeeper.
Dani Pacheco should have scored on the half hour mark after brilliant one-two between him and Jay Spearing let the Spaniard through on goal, but was unfortunate as his shot was whiskers wide from the post.
Right before the half-time whistle, Guangdong pulled one back as Ricardo headed the ball after a superb cross from the left.
At half time, Liverpool made lots of changes. Charlie Adam made his debut. Maxi Rodriguez, Andy Carroll, Alberto Aquilani, Brad Jones, Andre Wisdom, Sotoris Kyrgiakos, Daniel Agger, Jack Robinson, Conor Coady and Dirk Kuyt. Brad Jones was later replaced by Martin Hansen.
The home side started to look weary as the game progressed. Liverpool capitalized on it when Andy Carroll found Conor Coady who struck a superb shot into the corner of the net. The youngster had a dream debut.
With five minutes to go, Andy Carroll also got on the score sheet, taking full advantage of the bad defending from the home side.
But we lost our focus just before the end and Guangdong scored twice in the added time. Lu Lin and Ying Hongbo were the scorers of the late goals.
The game finished Guangdong 3-4 Liverpool. Though, it wasn’t a confident win nor was it a defensive performance, the Reds certainly knew where the net was.
There were several glimpses of brilliance by Adam and Aquilani. This being the first game in a while for most of the players, it can only get better
Christian Poulsen (20′)
David Ngog (22′)
Conor Coady (72′)
Andy Carroll (85′)
[Guangdong Sunray Cave]
Lu Lin (90′)
Ying Hongbo (90+2′)