Last Updated: 09/08/12 9:54pm
The whistle goes for full-time and Liverpool are into the hat for tomorrow's Europa League play-off draw after an emphatic 3-0 victory over Gomel at Anfield that clinches a 4-0 aggregate success.
Is there time for one more goal? Suarez will not stop trying as he goes for a shot from 25 yards, but it is a harmless effort that Bushma holds easily.
Agger stays alert in a potentially dangerous situation to head the ball back into the arms of Reina.
Lucas, who missed so much of last season due to injury, receives a well-deserved ovation for a solid display as he is replaced by Spearing.
Gerrard releases Suarez with an outrageous flick but the flag goes up for offside and, despite the Uruguayan's protestations, it was the right decision.
Gerrard draws a comfortable save out of Bushma with a shot from distance before Downing sweeps an effort wide.
Liverpool's passing has been slick all evening but they have also had good variety to their attacking play, with Suarez's dribbling the highlight of their performance and Downing also a threat on the right wing.
Liverpool may be on the brink of sealing a place in the next round but they are still working hard to close down their opponents at the earliest possible opportunity.
Rodgers makes a double change and Carragher is greeted by a huge roar as he replaces Skrtel. Adam is also on for Shelvey in midfield.
GOAL! Johnson makes it 3-0 to Liverpool on the night with a stunning left-footed volley from outside the area that leaves Bushma with no chance as it flies past his despairing dive.
Suarez tries his luck from 25 yards and it is a dangerous, dipping strike, but Bushma makes the save and gets up quickly to gather the ball before it squirms away.
Gomel have been harder to break down in this second half and it will be interesting to see if their superior match-fitness, having started their domestic season some time ago, becomes a factor in the closing stages.
Gomel finally enjoy a spell of possession but they waste the opportunity to apply some serious pressure as Alumona lets the ball get away from him and ends up fouling Agger.
Liverpool win a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Suarez steps up to take it, but he may not be getting the next set-piece after blazing his effort over the bar.
It is Gomel who make the first change of the night as Nowak is withdrawn and Lipatkin comes on in his place.
Gomel win a corner but it comes to nothing. Liverpool's defence has been well organised tonight and Rodgers will be pleased with their solidity at the back if they go on to keep a clean sheet.
Shelvey has certainly not been holding back in the tackle and he is shown a yellow card following a mistimed challenge on Kozeka that results in the Gomel man requiring attention from the physio.
Gomel have been unable to keep possession for a significant period of time all night and Liverpool deserve credit for their committed approach to winning the ball back.
Liverpool have stepped up the intensity once again as they lay siege to the Gomel goal in a bid to increase their lead.
Suarez deserves a goal for the way he has played tonight but he is denied one here by a wonderful fingertip save from Bushma after another dazzling run into the box.
Downing flashes in a powerful cross that is parried by Bushma into the path of Gerrard, who hits the post with a low shot from 12 yards.
Suarez throws his hands up in frustration after being flagged offside as he ran onto a Gerrard through-ball. It looked a tight decision but probably the correct one.
Gomel earn a free-kick wide on the left and Klimovich floats over a decent ball, but Liverpool have plenty of bodies back and survive quite easily.
Liverpool are happy just to keep the ball at the moment as they patiently build up and wait for an opening to present itself.
Gomel get the second half started but they have a mountain to climb to get back into this tie as they trail 3-0 on aggregate.
The whistle goes for half-time and Rodgers' first 45 minutes as Liverpool manager at Anfield could hardly have gone any better, with goals from Borini and Gerrard just reward for a dominant performance.
A long corner finds its way to Borini at the back post but his left-footed volley is wayward and crashes into the side-netting.
GOAL! Suarez is once again the provider with some wonderful dribbling as he beats a couple of defenders before committing the goalkeeper and laying the ball off for Gerrard to supply the simplest of finishes from six yards.
Voronkov tries to catch Reina by surprise as he tries his luck from all of 30 yards. It is a ferocious effort and has the Liverpool keeper scrambling to his left, but goes just wide.
Carroll's future may be a hot topic at the moment but he has made it clear he wants to stay at Liverpool and, by the sounds of it, the fans want him to stay too. The striker steps off the substitutes' bench to do a bit of warming up and applause rings out around the stadium.
Downing cuts in from the left wing before unleashing a shot with his weaker right foot, which swerves wide of goal and ends up closer to the corner flag.
Borini tries to pick out Gerrard with a left-footed cross but the midfielder is outnumbered in the area and Gomel head it clear.
Johnson gets forward down the right, not for the first time tonight, before delivering a cross that is far too heavy and flies out to safety to give Gomel some relief.
Liverpool are nearly caught out by a rare Gomel attack as Reina is required to make a smart stop from Platonov, before Skrtel raises his boot high to clear the ball from under the nose of Kozeka. If that had gone wrong it could have resulted in the Reds conceding a penalty.
Shelvey and Lucas may not be pulling the strings for Liverpool tonight but both are doing a good job in midfield to help the hosts stay in control.
Liverpool have not taken their foot off the gas at all since taking the lead and it looks like some of their strikers fancy filling their boots.
Suarez is really in the mood tonight as he sends over another threatening cross from the right towards Borini, but Matsveychyk shows good positioning to clear the ball.
Gomel win a free-kick in a dangerous position but Voronkov's 25-yard shot never troubles Reina as it sails over the crossbar.
That goal has really lifted a crowd that was already in good spirits and Gomel now face a very tall order.
GOAL! Borini strikes on his home debut to put Liverpool in complete control of this tie. Suarez showed nimble footwork to wriggle around his defender near the byline and send over a cross which was deflected out to the new signing, whose first-time volley from 10 yards was powerfully hit past Bushma.
Suarez turns his defender with a delightful piece of skill before driving towards goal and firing off a low shot, but Bushma is down quickly to his left to make a fine save.
This time it is Johnson and Downing's turn to link up well down the right, before Borini sees a shot blocked from inside the area.
Reina is not only a fine goalkeeper, he is also has an eye for a pass, and Suarez nearly manages to control a long ball out from the back after showing good movement.
Suarez combines with Gerrard to thrilling effect as an exchange of one-touch passes ends with the Uruguayan rifling a powerful shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area.
Alumona is rather isolated up front for Gomel and is quickly closed down by Agger as he picks up possession in a decent area for the visitors.
More good build-up play from Liverpool culminates in Gerrard putting in a short cross to the near post that Bushma again deals with well.
Borini has been bright in the first few minutes but is perhaps a bit too keen to impress on this occasion as he blazes a 20-yard shot well off target from Gerrard's lay-off.
Gerrard lets fly with a first-time effort from the edge of the area but it is not close enough to the corner and Bushma makes a routine save.
Gomel carved out several chances on the counter-attack last week and almost release Alumona through the middle, but Skrtel reads the danger and gets across to cover quickly.
Downing is seeing plenty of the ball early on and delivers another cross, but Bushma looks confident in the Gomel goal and plucks the ball effortlessly out of the air.
It may not be ideal to play competitive matches so early in the season but it can help to increase the fitness levels of the players, with Liverpool already looking sharper than in the first leg.
Downing skips away from his defender down the wing before sending over a right-footed cross that Gomel manage to clear to safety.
Liverpool are keen to make Anfield something of a fortress this season and there is a good crowd in tonight as they begin that mission.
Gomel are already under considerable pressure as Liverpool set off at a fast tempo, with Suarez looking lively and a couple of corners won already.
Liverpool win an early free-kick in Gomel's half and Gerrard's inswinging delivery causes a bit of uncertainty in the box, but Bushma punches clear.
Liverpool get us started and they will be looking to make a fast start to build on their 1-0 advantage from the first leg.
There is a special presentation to mark Jamie Carragher's 700th appearance before kick-off, as Roy Evans comes on to say a few words about the defender and the crowd erupts.
So Luis Suarez returns to the Liverpool starting line-up after an extended eight-day summer break following Uruguay's elimination from the Olympics. The striker has since signed a new deal with the Reds and will be looking to impress in a strong-looking side which also features reported Manchester City target Daniel Agger. Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson and skipper Steven Gerrard are also included, while Andy Carroll has been named on the substitutes' bench amid ongoing speculation about his future.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Shelvey, Suarez, Borini, Downing. Subs: Jones, Carroll, Henderson, Spearing, Carragher, Adam, Kelly.
Gomel: Bushma, Matsveychyk, Kuzmenok, Kashevsky, Klimovich, Voronkov, Kozeka, Nowak, Aleksiyevich, Platonov, Alumona. Subs: Sakovich, Kirilchik, Yevseyenko, Sheryakov, Yakhno, Lipatkin, Palomeque.
Let us know your views and predictions by getting in touch at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com. Will Liverpool cruise into the next round or could they be in for an uncomfortable evening? Which players do you expect to make important contributions?
This will be Rodgers' first match as Liverpool manager at Anfield and his team are in a good position to make it through to the play-off round of the Europa League after beating Gomel 1-0 in Belarus last week. Stewart Downing scored the winner with a fine strike from distance but the Reds did not have it all their own way against a side that has already started their domestic season and there is still work to do in the second leg.