Suarez on song as Reds march on
Luis Suarez was the inspiration as Liverpool cruised into the final qualifying round of the Europa League.
After telling Swansea he wants to move north, Joe Allen was present to watch Suarez create first-half goals for Fabio Borini and skipper Steven Gerrard as Belarus outfit FC Gomel proved no match for the Merseyside giants. Glen Johnson added another after half-time.
A 3-0 win - securing an aggregate 4-0 triumph - was a positive way for Brendan Rodgers to mark his first home game in charge, particularly with his first signing Borini capping a useful performance by grabbing a precious goal on his home debut, thrashing home a first-time shot from 10 yards.
More significant tests are to come and the presence of Reds' former assistant manager Steve Clarke was a reminder that the first Premier League game against West Brom is only nine days away.
However, this win should at least settle some of the nerves which have started to grow amid speculation that Daniel Agger and Andy Carroll might end up joining the summer exodus from a club that expects much better than last season's eighth-place finish.
There are some who wonder whether Rodgers would be happy to pocket the cash for Agger to fund a squad strengthening exercise but the Liverpool manager was fulsome in his praise on Wednesday and was prepared to put Jamie Carragher on the bench to accommodate him here. Suarez was the most telling presence though.