Liver DWI suffers from signal voids introduced by elastic motion, mis-registration due to respiratory motion and low SNR. We propose to develop and evaluate a novel free-breathing DWI technique appropriate for the abdomen, in order to provide high SNR efficiency with predictable scan times, while avoiding motion-related artifacts. Evaluations showed that compared to respiratory-triggering acquisitions, the proposed DWI technique provided higher SNR and predictable scan times. Further, a motion-corrected averaging algorithm has the potential to correct for motion-related artifacts. Using optimized gradient waveforms, non-gated free-breathing acquisitions, and motion-corrected averaging techniques, high-SNR and motion-robust DWI of the liver may be achieved.