Tranmere Rovers lined up against a Liverpool team with some big names being featured. Both teams hit the woodwork during this encounter, in which Tranmere played with their backs to the wall for the majority.
Despite shots from Plessis and Pennant, Tranmere registered the first shot on target through Chris Greenacre.
Liverpool were clearly the Premiership outfit of the two teams however, despite the gulf in talent Danny COyne kept on top and was wise to any areal threat and communicated well.
Eventually the expected happened and Liverpool took the lead. Tranmere gave the ball away and Benayoun was able to pick out the corner of Coyne’s goal from 20 yards out leaving the Welshman with no chance.
A few minutes later and on the stroke of half time Tranmere nearly made it 1-1. Andy Taylor lined up a freekick which narrowly missed the goal and struck the post from 20 yards out.
At half time there were a whole host of changes made by Liverpool and Tranmere joined in shortly after half time by bringing on Craig Curran and two debutants, Bas Savage and Edrissa Sonko.
As a rather lethargic second half progressed, Tranmere looked to carve a goal out of something. Curran crossed for Sonko but the forward could only manage to head wide.
Then came some wonderful skill from Taylor down the left. He ran onto a ball, touched it round the defender only for his wonderfule cross to be headed over by Curran who was bearing down on the Liverpool keeper.
As the match was drawing to a close, Voronin came into the penalty area with the ball but wasted a good opportunity to double his side’s lead by opting to pass as opposed to taking a shot with the latter looking to be the best option.
Coyne, Curtis, Kay, Chorley (Goodison), Taylor, Edds (Ahmed), Jennings, O’ Callaghan (Henry), Shuker (Sonko), I. Moore (Curran), Greenacre (Savage) (4-3-3).
Ronnie on O’Callaghan:
Ronnie said on Sonko:
“Sonko is quick and direct. I just want him to be more direct in the final third.”
Ronnie on Curtis:
“John has good experience. He did well, was comfortable on the ball. There’s plenty to work with there.”
Ronnie on O’Callaghan:
“I thought George looked off the pace a little, it’s different playing in Cork to playing here against Liverpool. But he’ll get fitter, he’s going to be a good player for us.”