Ukranian forward Andriy Voronin impressed on his Liverpool debut in Saturday’s pre-season friendly win over Crewe. Goals from Lee Peltier, Peter Crouch and Ray Putterill gave the Reds a 3-0 win as Rafa Benitez again used two teams as his side prepare for the new season.
Voronin started alongside Peter Crouch and was lively in the opening 45 minutes, he created the opening goal for Peltier after the new signing’s shot was parried out to Peltier who finished well. He showed good skill but also hard work and looks like he will battle for a first team place this season.
Speaking to lfc.tv Benitez said “We know that Voronin is going to be another option for us. He has good game intelligence, he plays well between the lines and he has a lot of quality.”
First team players returned to action but it was also nice to see two youngsters on the scoresheet, said Benitez: “Two of the young lads scored as well which is good for them. They need to be involved in these kind of games to show what they can do.”
Putterill and Jay Spearing in particular impressed. Crouch took his goal well and Pennant again showed good form.
The squad head off to their training camp in Switzerland on Sunday, along with new boys Fernando Torres, Ryan Babel and Yossi Benayoun. Torres is expected to make his debut against Werder Bremen on Tuesday, while Benayoun and Babel could make appearances against Auxerre on Friday.
After the matches in Switzerland the team travel to China for the Barclay’s Tournament.
First Half: Reina, Riise, Hyypia, Roque, Finnan, El Zhar, Peltier, Spearing, Gerrard, Crouch, Voronin
Second Half: Martin, Arbeloa, Carragher, Agger, Paletta, Pennant, Alonso, Sissoko, Putterill, Lindfield, Kuy