Shamrock Rovers 0-4 Liverpool, fringe strikers on the scoresheet as Ibe stars

There were a few established names were on show as Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen were the first teamers to start for the Reds in Dublin.

Liverpool were comfortable 4-0 winners in their end of season friendly against Shamrock Rovers at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly were all on the scoresheet, and youngster Jack Dunn rounded off the scoring.

Manager Brendan Rodgers decided to rest his stars who are heading to the World Cup in Brazil, and some of the players who spent the season on loan away from Anfield were allowed the opportunity to impress.

Aspas and Borini were linking for each other early on in the game as they tried to combine as the Italian was showing signs of being a nuisance in the early stages against Rovers.

A terrific run from the left flank from Jordon Ibe as he used his pace to get away from the full-back to set up a simple finish for Iago Aspas to put Liverpool in front within eight minutes.

Liverpool’s front two combined again after Aspas played through Borini on a through ball as he went round the keeper but the angle was against him as the striker who spent the season on loan at Sunderland missed the target.

Jones was forced into action after a save from a Ciaran Kilduff header when Rovers got in and behind an inexperienced Liverpool defence.

Conor Coady had an effort that was deflected just wide, Ibe had two efforts, one deflected and saved by Murphy the Shamrock goalkeeper and the other wide of the post

Aspas had a shot comfortably saved by Barry Murphy and the Spaniard ought to have doubled his haul and Liverpool’s lead just before the break when he was set through by a diagonal ball from Borini, but his shot was tame and at the keeper one-on-one.

Ryan Brennan instantly had a header that hit the post and somehow stayed out by rolling across the goalmouth.

Brad Smith’s run forced a save with a left footed shot as he demonstrated his pace on a pretty impressive display from the left-back 

Cameron Brannagan and Joao Teixeira came on at the half for Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva and both looked impressive on the ball.

The second half was one way traffic as Liverpool took control. Borini was put through by Ibe and finished well to the far post as the Reds took more control in the second half, whilst Ibe ought to have added to the scoring as he missed two great chances to get on the scoresheet.

Martin Kelly found the net after a deflected shot from Aspas found its way through to the defender who calmly volleyed home for a third, whilst Dunn rounded off the scoring with a low right-footed finish from a Connor Randall through ball.

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