Three A Piece In Oslo
|Ian Ayre lays flowers at Domkirke Church in Oslo...|
Firstly I'd like to pay my respects to all of the affected in Oslo and Norway after the terrible attacks last month. I know i have a few readers from Norway and that they have a huge Liverpool fan base and my thoughts are with you all.
Reina made his comeback for Liverpool after recovering from a hernia operation, the Spaniard has been missed and thankfully he's back before the season has properly started. Glen Johnson also featured too who hasn't been around for a while.
It was Valerenga who got the first goal of the night, a simple enough effort from Strand put the ball into the back of the net. It looked far too easy and Liverpool looked frustrated at the way they had conceded.
Whilst Liverpool searched for an equalizer it was Stewart Downing impressing again with plenty of speculative crosses and balls through to the attacking force of the Reds. Glen Johnson was also trying his best to get into advanced positions but it wasn't long before Valerenga got themselves a helpful decision.
Charlie Adam apparently brought down Kone in the box, i personally disagree but Valerenga were given a penalty. Ogude converted for the home side and put them 2-0 up.
Daniel Agger was well up for it in Oslo and any chance given he was more than happy to have a pop. Some long range efforts which he was terribly unlucky with couldn't quite find their way in before half time for the Reds.
Andy Carroll however managed to get on the end of a Downing cross. The pin point ball was smashed in by the Geordie who is now on 2 goals this pre season.
Flanagan, Shelvey, Aquilani, Sterling, Ngog and Kelly were all brought on late into the second half as Liverpool tried to find their second goal.
It was Aquilani who would immediately get the fans going after his corner created a Liverpool effort. A lovely header from the big Dane who was having attempts left, right and centre made it 2-2.
It was Daniel Agger also who would put Liverpool in front, another corner and contact from Ngog allowed the ball to fall kindly to the defender who sent home a close range shot.
It looked like Liverpool were safe with barely anything left of the clock but a stunning strike from Fellah found the back of Reina's net and meant the game ended in a draw.
Not bad at all for a friendly and a lovely atmosphere. Next up for Liverpool is Valencia at Anfield and then FINALLY the football season is back.