What a Hit, Son: Gerrard Gets Olympiacos Testimonial

Paul Gilham

Liverpool have revealed the time and place for captain Steven Gerrard's testimonial, with Olympiacos and memories of 2005 Champions League glory set to serve as celebration for his career.

His revitalised form and fitness after a few rough years may have led to talk that he could play for three or four more seasons, but there remains no escaping from the fact that at 32 years of age and having played over 600 matches for Liverpool, Steven Gerrard is closer to the end of his career than its beginning.

It was always inevitable, then, that a testimonial match for the club's long-serving captain wasn't far off. And in fact, the club has now revealed that it will take place on the third of August, when Greek champions Olympiacos will visit Anfield for the only pre-season match at Liverpool's home ground ahead of next season.

"I am delighted to be honoured by Liverpool FC with a testimonial match and particularly thrilled that Olympiacos have accepted my invitation to play the fixture," said Gerrard of his upcoming testimonial. "Last time we met proved to be such a memorable game both for me personally and Liverpool Football Club.

"I am also especially grateful that Olympiacos have truly embraced the aim of this match and chosen to donate their fee to charity. I am looking forward to what I know will be a fantastic game and a wonderful occasion."

Profits from the match will go to the Steven Gerrard Foundation, which focuses on aiding disadvantaged children. Olympiacos, meanwhile, have vowed to donate their appearance fee to local charities in Piraeus.

The last time the two clubs faced off was in 2004 during the Champions League group stages, when Steven Gerrard scored with a famous long strike that took Liverpool into the knockout rounds and, eventually, on to glory in Istanbul.

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