Out-of-favour striker Andy Carroll capped a comfortable 3-1 victory for Liverpool over Bayer Leverkusen in their final pre-season friendly before they kick off their Barclays' Premier League campaign.

It took just three minutes for the home side to break the deadlock at Anfield through youngster Raheem Sterling and their second came when Lucas side-footed home into an open goal from six yards out after 29 minutes.

A goalkeeping blunder allowed Liverpool to get their third of the match on 65 minutes when Carroll's shot was fumbled by Bernd Leno into the back of the net.

The visitors snatched a consolation through Gonzalo Castro on 75 minutes.