On a weekend without Liverpool football to look forward to, a charity match starring some of our favorite past Liverpool players was just the thing to pass the time.
Nostalgia gets going pretty heavily during these kinds of fun games, and this match was no different. Despite the setting, I imagine one or two Liverpool hearts were set aflutter when Captain Fantastic himself, Steven Gerrard, skillfully set up the first two Liverpool goals. And yes, okay, he was playing alongside men in their 40s and 50s, when he’d only just retired from the game, but whatever.
If that wasn’t enough to create a feel good factor, then surely Robbie Fowler slotting home a penalty for the third goal before going off to standing ovation would be enough to finish you off.
The match began with a respectful moment of silence to mourn the passing of another Liverpool legend, Ronnie Moran.
The first goal came at the 23rd minute when Gerrard “sprinted” down the pitch and crossed it into the path of Michael Owen, who nodded it home. Owen is not a player that many fans are clamoring to see in red again, but the Gerrard-to-Owen combination is definitely one that will bring back fond memories for many watching and in attendance.
In the second half, everything went bananas in a most entertaining way.
First came Liverpool’s second goal which was created by the even more enthralling collaboration of Fowler, to Gerrard, and then finally setting up John Aldridge, who only had to tap it in to make it 2-0.
There were some crossbar rattlers and shots off the woodwork from Fowler and Gerrard. Then Fowler’s professional penalty made it 3-0.
Gerrard earned his own goal in the 78th minute, expertly controlling a pass from Jason McAteer and then shooting it into the goal on the volley.
After that, the Real Madrid Legends got some of their own back, scoring three goals over the next ten minutes, courtesy of Edwin Congo, Fernando Morientes, and then Ruben de la Red.
The game ended with Liverpool winning 4-3 in a thoroughly entertaining seven goal thriller.