Liverpool 3-0 FK Gomel – Rodgers Era Taking Shape

By Jonathan Carroll

Brendan Rogers new look Liverpool brushed aside FK Gomel on their way to the final round of qualifying for the Europa League group stages. It was a new look Liverpool in terms of system, shape and movement. Only Fabio Borini has been added to the current squad while big earners like Alberto Aquilani, Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy and Maxi Rodriguez have all left for little or nothing in order to free up room in the clubs salary budget. Even though Gomel are no European heavyweights, the performance left Liverpool supporters with a sense of optimism at what is taking shape in the early stages of Brendan Rodgers’ work at the club.

Employing a 4-3-3 with Borini, Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing heading the attack Liverpool looked to carve open their opposition every chance they possessed the ball. Lucas Leiva controlled the midfield as Steven Gerrard and Jonjo Shelvey played further forward at times. Indeed Shelvey has been impressive thus far in pre-season but didn’t have his best game on Thursday night at Anfield. However, the youngster still seems to be ahead of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam in the race for that midfield berth. All that could change with the imminent signing of Joe Allen from Swansea for a reported fifteen million sterling.

Borini opened his account on his home debut for the Redmen with a low volley following good work down the left by Suarez. The Uruguayan looked phenomenal in his first game for Liverpool since the Olympics. Borini complements Suarez with his movement off the ball. There seems to be an understanding between them already, something that did not exist when Andy Carroll partnered Suarez up front.

This game is difficult to judge. Essentially it was almost a training game. The outcome was never in doubt but the Anfield faithful will try not to get carried away too early. Sterner tests await Rodgers’ Liverpool team and his team is very much still a work in progress.


  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 37 Skrtel (Carragher – 76′ )
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 19 Downing
  • 21 Lucas (Spearing – 86′ )
  • 33 Shelvey Booked (Adam – 76′ )
  • 07 Suarez
  • 29 Borini


  • 01 Jones
  • 23 Carragher
  • 34 Kelly
  • 14 Henderson
  • 20 Spearing
  • 26 Adam
  • 09 Carroll

FK Gomel

  • 01 Bushma
  • 13 Klimovich (Yevseyenko – 85′ )
  • 25 Kuzmenok
  • 02 Voronkov
  • 03 Matveichik
  • 06 Kashevsky
  • 07 Kozeka (Kirilchik – 74′ )
  • 08 Aleksiyevich
  • 26 Nowak (Lipatkin – 62′ )
  • 09 Alumona
  • 32 Platonov


  • 16 Sakovich
  • 05 Kirilchik
  • 10 Yevseyenko
  • 92 Palomeque
  • 17 Yakhno
  • 19 Lipatkin
  • 11 Sheryakov
Referee: Hansen
Attendance: 43,256
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About Jonathan Carroll

I’m a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Born and bred in Ireland I played Gaelic football and soccer while growing up and attended the prestigious Colaiste Ide in Dublin to prepare for a soccer scholarship to the USA. I played soccer at Thomas University in Georgia and was made team captain in my junior and senior years. I was honored to become an All-American in those same years. I graduated in 2007 and coached high school and collegiate level soccer programs incorporating year round strength and conditioning techniques with great success. I moved to Boston in 2011 and went on to work at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. I am currently the head strength and conditioning coach for the Boston Wolfe Tones Gaelic football team. Qualifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach FMS Certified United States Soccer Federation “D” License Football Association of Ireland Certified

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