Wonderkid and debutant on target as Liverpool romp to victory

Jordon Ibe bagged a goal and so did Iago Aspas as Liverpool put Preston to the sword.

It was a hot day at Deepdale and Liverpool produced scintillating football to match against their League One opposition Preston North End.

And Brendan Rodgers would have been happy with what he saw; despite the game being too pedestrian to give a genuine gauge of his new signings.

But plenty featured; including Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure. But despite one decent save from Scott Laird the pair of them had effectively nothing to do.

Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas were both involved in the tie as well with one of them in particular making an impact.

The game got off to a good start for Liverpool when Phillipe Coutinho mazied his way through the Preston defence, was bundled over, and then got up and tucked away the penalty.

It was part of an overall excellent display from the Brazilian; a little teaser of what might be to come next season.

The rest of the goal-scorers were all of equal interest.

We all got to have a look at Jordon Ibe at the end of last season. The teenager played excellently on the final day of last season and demonstrated his innate ability once again by cutting in and finishing clinically after some good work out wide.

Raheem Sterling then showed his rest has done him the world of good. He blistered through on goal from an Aspas through ball before darting round Norwich loanee Declan Rudd and placing the ball in an empty net.

Then Aspas got his goal; curling in a left foot drive from 20 yards. The fact that their new attacker grabbed a goal and assist on debut would also have alleviated any sting from missed target Henrikh Mkhitaryan doing the same on his Borussia Dortmund debut.

Anything he can do Aspas can do better.

But overall it was Coutinho who looked the most promising player on the pitch; pulling the strings in his 45 minutes with wonderful touch and poise.

While this result and performance should be taken with a pinch of salt if the Brazilian can play like this next season than the Liverpool fans might just be saying Luis who by the end of the season.

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