Rafael Benitez was full of praise for new boy Andriy Voronin after the striker's impressive debut in the 3-0 friendly win at Crewe.
Voronin carved out game's opening goal for youngster Lee Peltier (21)during an impressive 45 minutes on the field.
Peter Crouch (24) added a second three minutes later when he turned in John Arne Riise's cross.
And Youth Cup hero Ray Putterill added the Reds' third after 58 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box.
"We know that Voronin is going to be another option for us," Benitez told the club's website. "He has good game intelligence, he plays well between the lines and he has a lot of quality.
"He played well today in what was a good game for us. We used 22 players and I saw a lot of good things on the field.
"Two of the young lads scored as well which is good for them. They need to be involved in these kind of games to show what they can do."