Melbourne Victory 0 Liverpool 2 match report: Arsenal target Luis Suarez makes impact after coming off bench

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Following £40m bid from Arsenal, the Uruguay striker shows his worth during pre-season friendly

Luis Suarez was only on the pitch for 18 minutes, but the Uruguay striker was able to show exactly why Arsenal have just made a bid of £40m for his services.

The Uruguay international was named among the substitutes for this pre-season friendly against Melbourne Victory, and despite intense speculation over his future, little should be read into Brendan Rodgers' decision to start him on the bench. Suarez is lacking the same levels of fitness as his team-mates having joined up with the squad late due to his involvement in the Confederations Cup and was always unlikely to start.

Despite numerous press conferences in his native country earlier this summer in which he made clear he wanted a transfer, they appeared to have had little affect on Liverpool's fans in Australia. When he was shown on the big screens at the MCG, huge roars went up among the 95,000 in attendance.

There were more cheers when he finally made his appearance after 72 minutes, but not before a player whose loyalty to Liverpool is certainly not in question grabbed the limelight.

After dominating from the outset with numerous shots on goal, Liverpool broke the deadlock when captain Steven Gerrard fired in a powerful shot after 32 minutes to cap a sweeping move.

A tiring Melbourne did well to hold on for most of the second half as Liverpool made wholesale substitutions including the introduction of Suarez - put they finally cracked again just before full-time.

Suarez picked up a short corner on the byline before a cute turn took him past a Melbourne defender in typical style before his deft pass was tucked away by newly-signed striker Iago Aspas.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?