Liverpool Legends vs Ajax LIVE! Result, match stream, latest updates and reaction today

Liverpool Legends vs Ajax LIVE! Result, match stream, latest updates and reaction today

Liverpool Legends vs Ajax LIVE!

Sven-Goran Eriksson realised a lifelong dream on an emotional afternoon on Merseyside on Saturday. The former England manager and boyhood Reds fan coached the home side at Anfield, having been invited to the club following his announcement earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

Eriksson received a fantastic ovation from players and fans alike before and after the game and fought back the tears during an especially poignant and memorable pre-match airing of Liverpool anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. His legends team captained by Steven Gerrard started the game in disappointing fashion, with Derk Boerrigter and Kiki Musampa both scoring to give Ajax a 2-0 half-time lead.

But the hosts fought back after wholesale changes at half-time, with Gregory Vignal, Djibril Cisse, Nabil El Zhar and Fernando Torres all netting to seal a dramatic 4-2 comeback victory in the annual charity friendly held to raise money for the LFC Foundation. Follow Liverpool Legends vs Ajax reaction live below!

Liverpool Legends vs Ajax highlights

  • GOAL! Torres scores in front of The Kop

  • GOAL! El Zhar completes epic comeback

  • GOAL! Cisse heads in Kuyt cross

  • GOAL! Vignal reduces deficit for Liverpool

  • GOAL! Musampa doubles Ajax advantage

  • GOAL! Boerrigter gives Ajax early lead

Sven-Goran Eriksson reflects on 'beautiful day'

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Here’s more Sven-Goran Eriksson reaction from Anfield....

"That will be a huge memory in life. Absolutely beautiful,” he said.

"To sit on the bench for Liverpool, that's been my dream my whole life. Now it happened, and it was a beautiful day in all meanings.

"The crowd, the game, the players, everything, fantastic, and thank you to Liverpool for giving me this opportunity, to invite me for such an important game - it's not points but the importance of the game is incredible.

"It was full of emotions, tears coming. It's been my dream club all my life - even when I had England, I also supported Liverpool, but I couldn't say it at that time.

"It's a good finish, to finish with Liverpool, it can't be much better than that."


Emotional Eriksson: It was beautiful, absolutely incredible

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Here is Sven-Goran Eriksson talking to LFC TV...

“I think everybody was a winner today,” he said.

“It was beautiful, absolutely incredible.

“Everything from You'll Never Walk Alone and the rest of the match, and a good win.

“We were under 2-0, then 4-2. We were all the time the better team I think, so it was a fair result.

“This is fantastic.”

On his reaction to a spine-tingling pre-match rendition of Liverpool’s famous anthem, he added: “Crying.”

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Brilliant post-match scenes at Anfield...

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All of the Liverpool players embrace Eriksson after the full-time whistle.

An emotional Eriksson then embarks upon a lap of honour around the pitch, receiving the adulation of the Reds fans.

Beautiful scenes at Anfield.

Liverpool Legends 4-2 Ajax

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The perfect afternoon in the end for Sven-Goran Eriksson during a dream experience at Anfield.

Liverpool trailed 2-0 at the break after goals from Derk Boerrigter and Kiki Musampa, but came roaring back in the second half and blew Ajax away thanks to Gregory Vignal, Djibril Cisse, Nabil El Zhar and Fernando Torres.

A wonderful afternoon and hopefully plenty more money raised for the LFC Foundation.

Liverpool Legends 4-2 Ajax

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87 mins: Torres receives a standing ovation after that goal as he’s replaced by Litmanen, who like Babel is playing for both teams this afternoon.

Torres embraces Eriksson on his way to the bench.

Rampant Liverpool are hunting further goals but Kuyt is denied by Lobont.

GOAL! Liverpool Legends 4-2 Ajax | Fernando Torres 84'

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84 mins: Torres is back scoring in front of The Kop!

Cisse and Kuyt combine to find the dangerous Gonzalez, whose low ball from the left is toed onto the post by a sliding Torres.

I think it’s crossed the line anyway, but he follows up and makes sure.

A lovely moment for the Spaniard back at Anfield.

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(Action Images via Reuters)

Liverpool Legends 3-2 Ajax

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82 mins: Liverpool are really enjoying themselves now as Gerrard and Agger both try their luck from range.

Ajax have totally and utterly run out of steam since those Babel chances.

GOAL! Liverpool Legends 3-2 Ajax | Nabil El Zhar 80'

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80 mins: The epic turnaround is complete!

El Zhar is in the box and rifles an unstoppable effort in at the front post.


He then cups his ear in celebration, perhaps in a retort to those who had questioned his place in a Liverpool Legends squad.

Vignal and El Zhar - who had them pegged as scorers today?!

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(Action Images via Reuters)

Liverpool Legends 2-2 Ajax

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77 mins: Another change in goal for Liverpool for the final 12 minutes or so.

Westerveld is replaced by Chris Kirkland.

GOAL! Liverpool Legends 2-2 Ajax | Djibril Cisse 74'

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74 mins: Liverpool do find their equaliser!

Ajax can’t clear a free-kick from Gerrard and Kuyt’s clever lofted pass is headed down and in by Cisse.

Lobont got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.

A grandstand finish ahead at Anfield.

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(Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Liverpool Legends 1-2 Ajax

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72 mins: Aron Winter is on for Ajax as we enter the final 20 minutes at Anfield.

Gonzalez stands up a cross for Torres, whose header is held by Lobont.

Liverpool Legends 1-2 Ajax

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68 mins: The substitutions continue from both sides, with Nabil El Zhar replacing Skrtel.

Not sure what formation Liverpool are playing now. Is it Gerrard at the back?!

Liverpool Legends 1-2 Ajax

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66 mins: Two big chances for Babel for Ajax, but he’s held up by Sander Westerveld the first time before then guiding a low effort against the post and wide.

Kuyt almost picked out Cisse in between those chances, but the Frenchman couldn’t connect.

Liverpool Legends 1-2 Ajax

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63 mins: A few more changes for Ajax as Ronald de Boer enters the fray.

Babel, who played the first half for Liverpool, is now playing on the opposite side.

Gerrard and Gonzalez both try their luck, but can’t beat replacement Ajax ‘keeper Bogdan Lobont.

Liverpool Legends 1-2 Ajax

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60 mins: Liverpool are pushing hard for the equaliser now, with Torres’ deflected low shot saved.

Another chance then goes begging with Ajax’s defence all at sea.

They have brought on a few older players in this second half and it’s starting to show.

Liverpool Legends 1-2 Ajax

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57 mins: Torres goes close to a swift equaliser but can’t find the target!

A young fan has just ran onto the pitch and taken a selfie with Steven Gerrard, who told the chasing stewards to let him stay.

There’s your viral moment for the day sorted.

GOAL! Liverpool Legends 1-2 Ajax | Gregory Vignal 54'

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54 mins: The Reds are back in it through an unlikely source!

Torres works the ball out right to Gonzalez, whose low cross is fired expertly into the bottom corner by Vignal.

Game on.

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(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool Legends 0-2 Ajax

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53 mins: Almost a third for Ajax and second for Musampa, who takes the ball down well around 25 yards out before arrowing a powerful effort that slams back off the crossbar.

The former Manchester City loanee, 46, looks in great form this afternoon.

Liverpool Legends 0-2 Ajax

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52 mins: Close for Liverpool as Gerrard’s free-kick from the right is flicked on by Gonzalez and Biscan once again nearly connects at the back post.

Liverpool Legends 0-2 Ajax

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49 mins: A low block from Ajax as Liverpool’s new-look side dominate possession in the early stages of the second half and work the ball around nicely in search of an opening.

Mark Gonzalez’s cross from the right almost reaches Igor Biscan in the box.

Liverpool Legends 0-2 Ajax

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Back underway at Anfield!

It’s a much-changed Liverpool team for the second half as they battle to get back into this game.

Looks like a 3-5-2 now.

Liverpool’s second-half team: Westerveld, Biscan, Hyypia, Skrtel, Agger, Vignal, Gerrard, Gonzalez, Kuyt, Torres, Cisse

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A look back at the brilliant and emotional pre-match reception for Sven-Goran Eriksson at Anfield...

Liverpool Legends 0-2 Ajax

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It's not going to plan at all so far for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Reds, with goals from Derk Boerrigter and Kiki Musampa giving Ajax a comfortable half-time lead at Anfield.

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(Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Liverpool Legends 0-2 Ajax

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45 mins: Liverpool try to respond to that latest setback on the stroke of half-time, forcing a corner that unfortunately comes to nothing.

Liverpool Legends 0-2 Ajax

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44 mins: Aurelio looks in a lot of discomfort here after the clash with Musampa.

He is moving very slowly indeed and looks to have hurt his ribs.

He is slowly helped down the tunnel by physios as Gregory Vignal takes his place.

GOAL! Liverpool Legends 0-2 Ajax | Kiki Musampa 43'

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43 mins: Ajax double their lead before the break!

It’s a wonderful back-heel from De Jong to find the lively Boerrigter, whose cross from the left is chested down and fired past Dudek by Musampa from close range.

Anfield is totally silent. Fabio Aurelio looks to be injured as well.

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(Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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39 mins: This is a decent spell of sustained pressure from Ajax as Jerzy Dudek saves from both Boerrigter and Simon Tahamata in quick succession.

Liverpool break at pace from an Ajax corner, but the danger is quickly averted by the visitors.

Not a sentence I thought I’d be typing, but there is a good midfield battle developing between Edgar Davids and Jay Spearing.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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36 mins: Liverpool have been close on a few occasions now to finding the final ball to release Torres, who cuts a far more physically imposing figure in his post-playing days.

The same is true of Daniel Agger, actually.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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33 mins: Lovely skill from Krohn-Dehli as he beats his man all ends up and gets to the byline before his stood-up cross to the front post is headed over by fellow substitute Musampa.

Those three early changes have given Ajax some already much-needed extra legs.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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30 mins: No further chances to speak of as we tick past the half-hour mark at Anfield.

A very nervy moment at the back for Martin Skrtel also opens the door for Ajax again.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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27 mins: A trio of early changes from Ajax now as Edgar Davids enters the fray.

He will want to restore some bite and control to this midfield, you can be sure.

Michael Krohn-Dehli and Kiki Musampa are also on.

Off go Litmanen, Van der Vaart and Siem de Jong.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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25 mins: How are Liverpool not level?!

Ajax’s goal is living a very charmed life indeed as Gerrard (twice), Torres and Rodriguez all go close.

Gentenaar and particularly Demy de Zeeuw are working overtime to preserve this lead at the moment.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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25 mins: This is attack against defence at the moment, but still Liverpool trail.

Aurelio still has a decent left foot as he drifts a lovely long pass in the direction of Torres, only for Olaf Lindenbergh to make a vital intervention.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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22 mins: A number of Ajax players - including Rafael van der Vaart - are already looking very tired out there as Liverpool lay siege to their penalty area in search of a first-half equaliser.

The sharp-looking Maxi Rodriguez draws a strong save from Gentenaar.

A couple of early Liverpool penalty shouts have been waved away.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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21 mins: A strong sliding challenge from De Zeeuw thwarts the danger of Torres before Gerrard gets two bites at crossing from the right and his latter effort is spilled by Ajax goalkeeper Dennis Gentenaar, who gratefully gathers at the second attempt.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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18 mins: Liverpool are now firmly in the ascendancy after that controlled start from Ajax, dominating possession and probing patiently in search of another opening.

Gerrard and Spearing, 35, are offering decent thrust from midfield, with Torres and Babel looking dangerous ahead of them.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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16 mins: Torres strikes the woodwork!

The Spaniard steals a march on his marker and heads Aurelio’s corner from the left against the post.

Liverpool’s legends so nearly level.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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14 mins: Liverpool are trying to up the tempo a little bit as Aurelio and Babel combine down the left.

Agger drives forward for the Reds and Babel tricks his way to the byline before earning a corner following a block by Van Rhijn.

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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11 mins: A leisurely pace to the game at the moment, as you would expect from a charity match of this kind.

Not much to trouble a comfortable-looking Ajax contingent at the moment, despite Gerrard trying to force the pace a bit for Liverpool.

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(Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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8 mins: Liverpool are just gaining a foothold in the game now after that early setback.

Fabio Aurelio is trying to provide some ammunition from the left wing with the likes of Jay Spearing and Torres also involved.

Maxi Rodriguez ends up dragging a low shot wide of the far post.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax

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5 mins: Err, do Ajax know this is a charity game?

They are looking very handy indeed in possession, piling on the early pressure and putting that Liverpool defence under the cosh.

A corner comes and goes as Daniel Agger tries to rally the troops at the back.

GOAL! Liverpool Legends 0-1 Ajax | Derk Boerrigter 2'

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2 mins: Ajax take a very early lead at Anfield!

The visitors look like they’ve come to play, stringing together a very nice attack that is finished off from close range by Boerrigter, who was teed up by Demy de Zeeuw.

Liverpool Legends vs Ajax

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A new LFC Foundation tifo is unveiled by the Kop before kick-off.

Underway in this high-profile charity friendly!

Liverpool Legends vs Ajax

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Eriksson, embraced by Steven Gerrard, is clearly emotional as ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ belts out around Anfield ahead of kick-off.

A truly poignant moment.

Liverpool Legends vs Ajax

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Anfield rises to its feet as Sven-Goran Eriksson is introduced onto the pitch first.

He applauds and waves to the crowd and bows his head.

A brilliant reception for the ex-England boss.

Liverpool Legends vs Ajax

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Final preparations at a sold-out Anfield, where the atmosphere is building very nicely ahead of kick-off.

Lovely to see Sven-Goran Eriksson walking around the pitch with John Barnes and soaking up the adulation of the fans.

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(Action Images via Reuters)
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(Getty Images)

Edgar Davids replaces Nwankwo Kanu in Ajax squad

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One late change to the scheduled Ajax Legends squad being coached by Sjaak Swart and Danny Blind at Anfield this afternoon.

There is no Nwankwo Kanu after all, with his place taken by a certain Edgar Davids.

Not a bad replacement to call upon...

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(Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Ajax Legends lineup

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Starting XI: Gentenaar, Van Rhijn, Lindenbergh, De Zeeuw, Emanuelson, Litmanen, Enoh, Van der Vaart, Tahamata, De Jong, Boerrigter

Subs: Lobont, Bijl, Silooy, Winter, Van Halst, Davids, Witschge, Musampa, Perez, Krohn-Dehli, Wijnhard, De Boer, Wooter, Babel

Liverpool Legends lineup

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Here’s how Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Reds will start the game at Anfield:

Starting XI: Dudek, Kvarme, Skrtel, Agger, Aurelio, Sissoko, Spearing, Maxi, Gerrard, Babel, Torres

Subs: Kirkland, Westerveld, Hyypia, Vignal, Biscan, Gonzalez, Cisse, El Zhar, Kuyt, Litmanen

Anfield sold-out for friendly to raise money for LFC Foundation

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Liverpool confirmed yesterday that today’s game is now a sell-out.

59,655 fans will in attendance at Anfield this afternoon, which is some effort.

Hopefully plenty more money will be raised for the LFC Foundation, Liverpool’s official charity who work in areas of high need and deprivation across the Liverpool City region, having helped more than 120,000 people so far.

The charity’s aim is to “deliver sustainable and long-term change for communities” and “harness the power of the LFC family to create life-changing opportunities for the most underserved communities home and away.”

The previous LFC Foundation friendlies have raised a combined £6.4million for the charity.

Sven-Goran Eriksson reveals he was previously 'close' to Liverpool job

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Ahead of what he sadly admits will likely be his last game in management, Eriksson, 76, also made the surprising revelation that he came close to taking the Liverpool job once in the past.

“If I said no (I don’t miss management), I would lie,” he said. “Of course you miss it but I realise that I am a certain age. And at my age, you shouldn’t be a manager.

“It’s okay, what I have done, I have done and I am happy about that. Now it’s over, almost. Almost. This will be the last game, I suppose. So that’s great.

“It’s like a dream. I could never have dreamt about that. But when I was a manager, I always dreamt about Liverpool. But that never happened.

“It was close once, there were discussions once. Many years ago. With a big name in football in Liverpool, not a player, a director.

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(Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

“It doesn’t matter, it never happened. But now it happens. When they asked, I thought it was a joke. But they contacted me via my son. I said of course I will come to that.

“It’s for charity which makes it even more lovely. It’ll be great to see. We have to beat Ajax though!

“I am very honoured and thankful to Liverpool that they gave me this opportunity. It’s amazing because I never worked for Liverpool. I’m not like him (John Barnes). He’s a hero. I got invited so thank you for that.”

Sven-Goran Eriksson reveals origins of lifelong love for Liverpool

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Here’s more from Sven-Goran Eriksson on his lifelong love of Liverpool.

“My father was a Liverpool fan, he's still a Liverpool fan – he still lives – so it came from there,” he said at Friday’s pre-match press conference.

"Then in Sweden they started [a TV show] so every Saturday you could see one game. This is when all the games went on Saturday, so Liverpool, Liverpool.

"[In] '79, something like that I think, I wrote to the club and asked if I could come to see a training session. They answered and invited me.

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(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“I saw a game and saw some training, I had the honour to go into the Boot Room of Liverpool at that time and that was great, fantastic.

"Many, many years Liverpool dominated the football in Europe. I played them twice with Benfica.

“We lost here 1-0, so we went back and said, 'Now we take them in the second [leg].' It was a quarter-final in the European Cup. We lost 5-1 at home! They are still doing great."

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A really nice moment shared between Sven-Goran Eriksson and Jurgen Klopp earlier too...

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Sven-Goran Eriksson will be joined by Ian Rush, John Barnes and John Aldridge in the Liverpool dugout this afternoon.

Here’s the Swede reuniting with former England stalwart Steven Gerrard, who also shared a warm embrace with Jurgen Klopp upon arriving back at Anfield...

Torres looking to restore special Gerrard connection

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In an interview with Liverpool’s official website this week, Fernando Torres also spoke of his hopes to quickly rediscover that memorable on-pitch connection with Steven Gerrard.

“Hopefully! When I saw that Stevie was coming I just texted him. It's an extra motivation,” he said.

"To play with Stevie was special for me. He changed my game, he made me a better player.

“It was an absolute joy to play alongside him and I've missed playing with him every single day since we didn't play together.

"Let's see if we still have that connection. I'm sure we will. But I don't know how many times I can run into the space right now! It's up to him!

“He has this special pass, so I'll try my best. To play with Stevie at Anfield is even more special."

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(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Fernando Torres: I can't wait to wear the Liverpool shirt again

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While Steven Gerrard is a familiar fixture in these annual charity friendlies that raise money for the LFC Foundation, Fernando Torres is taking part for the very first time this afternoon.

The legendary Spanish striker, who retired from professional football in 2019, scored 81 goals in 142 matches for the Reds between 2007-11 before joining Chelsea in a then-British record £50m transfer and being replaced by Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.

"Honestly, I can't wait," said Torres, who now coaches in the Atletico Madrid youth setup.

"It's been a long time and I'm really looking forward to it.

"I'm really looking forward to going back to the city and the stadium and meet the supporters and see many of my old team-mates and remember old times, happy times.

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(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“I can't wait to wear the Liverpool shirt again in front of the Kop. A lot of memories, so I'm looking forward to it.

"I've been lucky enough to be invited many times from the foundation to play that match.

“But for different reasons, I couldn't go. And now that I'm coaching, it's more difficult to find gaps in the calendar to be able to go. I could manage to go this time.

"It's a great job the LFC Foundation are doing to help many people. That's the main reason to go – to help.

“And for me to play back at Anfield is also very special. A lot of memories, probably for my best years playing football. It's a special place, so I can't wait to go there."

Steven Gerrard captains Liverpool on Anfield return

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Steven Gerrard returns to Anfield this afternoon and takes on the familiar captain’s armband once again, having led the Liverpool Legends to a 2-0 win over Celtic in last year’s charity friendly.

Gerrard, who will also reunite with ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson this afternoon, netted a penalty in that game in a particularly sweet moment for the ex-Rangers boss.

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(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Confirmed Ajax squad

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And here is the Ajax squad for today, featuring a number of icons including Rafael van der Vaart, Ronald de Boer, Danny Blind, Nwankwo Kanu and more...

Ajax squad: Aron Winter, Clyde Wijnhard, Danny Blind, Dennis Gentenaar, Derk Boerrigter, Eyong Enoh, Jan van Halst, Jari Litmanen, Kiki Musampa, Kenneth Perez, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Nordin Wooter, Nwankwo Kanu, Olaf Lindenbergh, Rafael van der Vaart, Ricardo van Rhijn, Richard Witschge, Ronald de Boer, Ryan Babel, Siem de Jong, Sjaak Swart, Simon Tahamata, Sonny Silooy, Urby Emanuelson

Confirmed Liverpool squad

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As is always the case with these charity friendlies, there are likely to be more additions to both squads in the run-up to kick-off this afternoon.

But here’s who we know will definitely be involved for Liverpool so far, with Ryan Babel and Jari Litmanen set to spend time on both sides having played for both clubs...

Liverpool squad: Jerzy Dudek, Sander Westerveld, Chris Kirkland, Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio, Sami Hyypia, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Martin Skrtel, Gregory Vignal, Igor Biscan, Steven Gerrard, Mark Gonzalez, Maxi Rodriguez, Momo Sissoko, Jay Spearing, Ryan Babel, Djibril Cisse, Nabil El Zhar, Dirk Kuyt, Jari Litmanen, Fernando Torres

Sven-Goran Eriksson relishing Anfield 'dream' after cancer diagnosis

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It is truly fantastic of Liverpool to have given Sven-Goran Eriksson the chance to fulfil a lifelong dream by taking charge of his beloved Reds at Anfield this afternoon.

The former England boss announced back in January that he had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and had “at best a year to live”.

"It's like a dream,” Eriksson said this week.

"When I was a manager I always dreamt about Liverpool, but that never happened.

"It was close once, it was some discussion once, many years ago… it never happened. But now it happens.

"When they asked, I thought it was a joke. I said of course, and then it's charity, which makes it even more lovely.

"'You'll Never Walk Alone' is magic. I'm looking forward to it.

"I'm very honoured and thankful to Liverpool that they gave me this opportunity.

"I think it must be maybe the best atmosphere in the world, in all big football stadiums I have been to, and part of that is the song when the players come out. The atmosphere is incredible."

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(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Where to watch Liverpool Legends vs Ajax

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TV channel and live stream: Today’s charity match will be available to watch online for free via the official Liverpool Facebook and YouTube channels.

Subscribers can also tune in on LFCTV. Coverage starts at 2pm.

Love Island presenter Iain Stirling and musician Chelcee Grimes will host the broadcast.

Welcome to Liverpool Legends vs Ajax live

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Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s live coverage of today’s charity match between Liverpool Legends and Ajax at Anfield.

It’s set to be an emotional occasion on Merseyside as former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson fulfils a lifelong dream by managing a cast of Reds heroes following his terminal cancer diagnosis.

Kick-off today is at 3pm GMT, so stay tuned for all the latest build-up and live updates.

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(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)