In a unique twist, Liverpool has announced combining the current first team squad with some recent legends to play Australia A-League side Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium, Wednesday, May 24th. This combined 11, apparently, is a first for Liverpool. Considering the match occurs just three days (and on the other side of the world) after the last Premier League match—one that very well could decide next season’s European fate—the combined 11 is probably a good idea.
The legends to feature will be Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher, and Steve McManamanamanamanamanamanamanamanamanaman. God, apparently, will be busy elsewhere.
The side, naturally, will be managed by Jurgen Klopp. Kloppo, the footballing romantic that he is, could not be more excited about managing.
“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 told the club’s official website.
“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 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!”
Preparation for an exhibition game. Klopp, you’re adorable.
Hopefully, the exhibition will be a bit of an LFC celebration after a long, turbulent season (which, once again, hopefully ends in Champions League qualification).