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Xabi Alonso to Play for and Against Liverpool in Legends Match

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The former Red and Bayern midfielder will turn out for both sides in the upcoming charity game.

Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Liverpool today announced their latest legends match today, setting a date at Anfield against Bayern Munich for March 24th of next year, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt, Daniel Agger, and Luis Garcia all set to take part for the Robbie Fowler-captained side.

The biggest news, though, is the return of Xabi Alonso, who spent time at both clubs during his playing—he spent five seasons at Anfield during the prime of his career and retired a Bayern player after spending three seasons in Barvaria. The question, then, is which side Alonso will play for.

And the answer is both, as he’s expected to start one half of the game playing for Liverpool and the other playing for their opponents, who have announced that Martin Demichelis, Bixente Lizarazu, and other will take part in the match, which is set to benefit charities of both clubs.

Ninety percent of the profits from the match will be going to support LFC Foundation, while the remainder will go to Bayern’s club charity. This will mark the second time Anfield has hosted such a game, with last season’s match against Real Madrid the first of what is now expected to become an annual tradition.

"After the success of the first official legends game we are really looking forward to playing Bayern Munich next year,” noted captain Fowler. “We hope to create another fun, competitive game for all our fans at Anfield whilst helping to raise vital funds for the club’s official charity."