Impressive Reds demolish Rangers

Liverpool sent out a warning to the Premier League that they mean business by hammering Rangers 4-0 at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.

Rafael Benitez opted to start Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres up front together for the first time, giving Liverpool fans a glimpse of the attacking options to expect this season.

And it was Torres who opened the scoring half way through the first half on his first start of the pre-season preparations.

Shortly into the second half new signing David Ngog took the ball from the middle of pitch, drove forward and fired a well placed left-footed low drive to double the Red’s lead.

Yossi Benayoun added at third before Xabi Alonso stuck away a penalty twenty minutes from time to complete the rout.

Liverpool have only two more pre-season friendlies left before the 2008/09 campaign kicks off, travelling to Oslo to face Valerenga on Tuesday night and Lazio at Anfield next Friday.

Team: Cavalieri, Arbeloa (Darby 45), Skrtel (Agger 45), Carragher (Hyypia 45), Dossena (Insua 59), Kuyt, Gerrard (Spearing 59), Plessis (Alonso 45), Benayoun (Pennant 72), Torres (Ngog 45), Keane (Nemeth 59).

Subs – Hyypia, Insua, Ngog, Alonso, Agger, Reina, Nemeth, Darby, Pennant, Spearing

Goals: Torres (22), Ngog (56), Benayoun (60), Alonso (pen 70).

Attendance: 50,223