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Aug 8, 2013

Reds win six from six in pre-season

Liverpool have continued their winning pre-season form by beating Norwegian club Valerenga 4-1 in Oslo.

Liverpool have continued their winning pre-season form by beating Norwegian club Valerenga 4-1 in Oslo.
Liverpool have continued their winning pre-season form by beating Norwegian club Valerenga 4-1 in Oslo.

Walsh: The pursuit of Costa

Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Martin Kelly and Raheem Sterling all scored as Liverpool made it six wins out of six so far in their countdown to the new Premier League season.

However, the home side became the first team to breach Liverpool's defences this summer.

The Reds took the lead as Aspas' delicate chip came back off the bar and an attempted clearing header only went as far as Alberto who hit a crisp volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to claim his first Liverpool goal.

But the lead lasted just four minutes as Giancarlo Gonzalez became the first man to score against Liverpool this pre-season when he got across Jordan Henderson on the edge of the six-yard box and headed home.

The Reds were back in the lead a minute before the break as Stewart Downing hit the byline and threaded the ball to Aspas in the box for the summer acquisition to slot home his fourth goal since joining.

And it was 3-1 nine minutes into the second half as Martin Kelly found the net with the faintest of touches after a corner caused confusion in the home penalty area.

Kolo Toure hit the bar with a header moments later and Fabio Borini was close to finding the net from a narrow angle but could only fire past the far post.

There was still time for Borini to hit the bar with a crunching effort before Sterling finished off a slick move involving Philippe Coutinho and Oussama Assaidi.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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