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Sterling Strike Downs Olympiakos

A solitary strike from Raheem Sterling earned Liverpool a 1-0 win over Olympiakos in a pre-season friendly in Chicago.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a strong side with likes of Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling getting a start, while new signing Lazar Markovic was handed his Liverpool debut. 

Liverpool took the lead as early as the sixth, as Raheem Sterling calmly slotted past Olympiakos keeper Magyeri, after Daniel Sturridge's effort deflected into the winger's path.

The Greeks almost leveled matters five minutes later, as Ghazaryan drifted past Glen Johnson before curling his effort just wide of the upright.

Reds' new signing Markovic nearly doubled the lead in the 37th minute, as he evaded two Olympiakos defenders before seeing his curling effort sail inches wide of the post.

Ghazaryan nearly equalised for the Greeks five minutes after the restart, as his powerful long range strike was kept out by the crossbar.

Brendan Rodgers rang the changes as the half went on, although it was Olympiakos who were doing most of the attacking.

And they came close to leveling matters in in the 80th minute, as Bouchalakis's close range effort was cleared off the line by Joe Allen.

Olympiakos could have equalised deep into stoppage time but Samaris' 25-yard strike was brilliantly palmed away by Brad Jones, as Liverpool managed to hold on for the win.

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