Despite the international break, there was still football to be had, and Saturday saw some of it. Liverpool Legends got together to play a charity match against a squad of FC Bayern legends, and were finally able to bring back a slew of notable names. One of my favorites (and hopefully yours) was forward Dirk Kuyt, who only played his final match for boyhood club Feyenoord last season at the age of 37. It’s always great to see former players come together and have fun for charity, and Saturday was no exception - especially with Kuyt able to play the full 90 minutes and even start the scoring off five minutes in.
“I think it was the first chance of the game. I took it on my head, nice goal. It’s nice to be back at Anfield and scoring [in front of] a good crowd, for a great cause, [I’m] so very happy,” Kuyt told the club website following the match. It was a cross from Michael Owen that the Dutchman was able to send home and set the tone for the first half.
He did have one regret, though - that Liverpool were unable to keep that winning goal.
“The only thing that we should have done is win the match. We were close, but I think Luis was just slightly offside [for his late goal].
”But like I said we enjoyed it. It was a great game and to come back from behind was good. The crowd were behind us and we almost made it 6-5.”
It’s hard not to have the crowd behind you for that kind of thing, but there’s no doubts that it was an enjoyable afternoon for everyone. Not only was the match fun, it was for a worthy cause, with all the proceeds raising funds for the LFC Foundation.
“I had an amazing weekend. I came here Thursday in the morning, yesterday I played golf with some of the lads,” the Dutchman continued.
”Today, we were together in the hotel, we had a pre-match meal, we had a meeting and in the dressing room; that’s the biggest thing you miss in football because they are the best moments.
”We are going to enjoy this weekend. We gave everything, so now it’s time for a little drink.”
Now that’s a bar I think any of us would’ve liked to have gone to on Saturday. A well deserved drink with those legends.