GERRARD XI 2-2 CARRAGHER XI
Watching Suarez, Torres and Gerrard together in the same team at Anfield was a dream that was ‘so close yet so far’ for Liverpool fans. Well, that fans’ dream finally came true on Sunday, when the trio played in the same team during the Liverpool All-Star Charity Game at Anfield, albeit for a single game. The game, unofficially dubbed the ‘Steven Gerrard Testimonial Match’, featured several star players from the world of football, including a few non-Liverpool FC players playing in two teams: Gerrard XI and Carragher XI. In front of a capacity crowd at Anfield, fans were treated to some wonderful footballing action from both sides.
Crowds heartily greeted the arrival of several former Liverpool heroes, including the likes of Xabi Alonso, John Arne Riise and Pepe Reina in the first half. Yet, the spotlight was captured in the first half by current Reds striker Mario Balotelli, who would hit a long-range cracker to put the ball into the net beyond Brad Jones, to give the lead to Carragher XI after nine minutes.
In the 22nd minute, Balotelli would provide a crucial pass to Carragher XI striker Didier Drogba, who would make it 2-0.
However, the scoreline wouldn’t dampen the spirits of Gerrard XI players as they would constantly press into the opposition half. The pressure paid off in the 36th minute as young striker Jerome Sinclair was fouled in D-box by Carragher XI defender Martin Kelly, against which Gerrard XI were awarded a penalty. Captain Gerrard didn’t waste the penalty as he put the ball into the net, dodging Reina. It was 2-1 then and the scoreline remained that way till the end of the first half.
The second half would see the entry of Torres and Suarez in the Gerrard XI squad amidst warm and emotional greeting from the fans.
Suarez ultimately made the lethal impact to the opposition that was just so common for Liverpool last season. As he would take the ball to the penalty box, he would be fouled by Carragher. Gerrard XI were thus awarded another penalty and this time too Gerrard would score it to make it 2-2.
The scoreline wouldn’t change any further until the final whistle.
A lot of the attendees wouldn’t leave their seats even after the game was over and would keep on cheering for all the players.
The money raised from the game is set be donated to several local charities.