Klopp Reveals Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard Set to Play for the Reds in Australia One Last Time

Ben Dillon

Jurgen Klopp will give fans the chance to see their legendary former captain, Steven Gerrard,  wear the red of Liverpool for one last time. 

The club will play Sydney FC on Wednesday 24th May as part of the club's 125th anniversary, and Gerrard will be joined by former Reds duo Daniel Agger and Steve McManaman. 

As reported on ​Liverpool's official website, Klopp stated:  “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.

“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.

“It will not be the longest preparation [for Gerrard] for the game I’ve ever done, I would say; maybe I’ll use his experience, not give him too much wrong advice and let him enjoy the game!

“I’m really looking forward for my players to play again with him, and for the people to see him again in an LFC shirt. It’s a really nice thing.”

Jurgen Klopp revealed the thinking behind his decision to incorporate a few of Anfield's legends into the match: “I thought we have to show the whole LFC package – that means the actual squad and a few of our legends.

“They are still young enough and look good enough in the kit that we can show them. So, use the opportunity that we still have. It’s good for the players and I think the supporters will enjoy it.

“Usually you get a legends game where only legends are playing, or you see a testimonial or whatever, at different parts of the season: in the pre-season when you’re not 100 per cent fit because of hard training, or after the season, you’re already kind of done because it was a long season.

“So this combination, I thought, could be the most enjoyable game to watch for all of us. I’m looking forward to it, actually, because there will be a few fantastic players involved.

“I have a really good team but obviously a few other very good players played in the past for Liverpool, and to show them and their still existing connection to the club, I think that’s really nice.”

Gerrard is set to begin his career on the touchline next season, taking over as manager of Liverpool's U18 side. 

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