Former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will play for the club in an end-of-season friendly in Australia, manager Jurgen Klopp confirms on Thursday.
The Reds will face A-League side Sydney FC on 24 May and former defender Jamie Carragher, 39, and ex-Anfield winger Steve McManaman, 45, both now television pundits, will also feature, along with Danish ex-defender Daniel Agger, 32.
“I thought we have to show the whole LFC package – that means the actual squad and a few of our legends,” Jurgen Klopp explained during his press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.
“They are still young enough and look good enough in the kit that we can show them,” he added.
The match which will hold at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney will kick off the year-long celebration of Liverpool’s 125th anniversary, which will be officially marked on June 3rd.
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“If somebody would have told me a few years ago that I would be the manager of Steven Gerrard, I would have said ‘Yes!’ It’s fantastic,” Klopp had said.
“The best thing you could have seen was the eyes of Stevie when I told him – or asked him, actually, what he would think about it. ‘You want me to play?!’ I thought I would have to convince him… he said ‘Yes, of course, when?’
“It’s really nice. He is a 100 per cent football player and of course a 100 per cent LFC player. He is really looking forward to it, and I think the same.”
On his part, Gerrard told reporters: “It will be an honour to pull on the Red shirt and play football with an outstanding squad and former team mates – this is what Liverpool is all about, celebrating the family that has been around for 125 years.”
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