Liverpool cruise through to next round

Liverpool's Steven GerrardLiverpool recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over FC Gomel in the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday night.

First-half goals from Fabio Borini, Steven Gerrard and a second-half Glen Johnson strike made it an easy night at Anfield in Brendan Rodgers’ first competitive home fixture.

The Northern Irish manager picked Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini for specific praise after the victory.

“Luis is an incredible player. He has come back to us and looked great in training,” Rodgers confessed to Sky Sports.

“He is so creative in the box but he also presses very well when he doesn’t have the ball.

“He is the type of player I love. He is in love with football. He has such passion for the game.

“His combination work with Steven Gerrard and Fabio Borini was excellent.

“It is important for any striker to score because they are judged on their goals. But I brought Fabio here because I know he can score.

“He is only 21 and has a lot of improvement left in him. But with his work-rate and his ability on the ball I think he will fit in very well to our team,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight