Liverpool turn to Steven Gerrard for Sydney match against Sydney FC
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will feature in Juergen Klopp's team in an end-of-season exhibition game in Australia, the Premier League club confirmed on Thursday (Friday NZ Time).
The Reds will play A-League Premiers Plate winners Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on May 24 and Klopp has added a quartet of Liverpool legends to his squad for the game.
Gerrard became a youth academy coach at Liverpool in January, after ending his playing career with the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer in November.
"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?'" Klopp told the club's website.
For his part, 36-year-old Gerrard was excited to pull on the boots once again.
"It will be an honour to pull on the red shirt and play football with an outstanding squad and former teammates - this is what Liverpool is all about, celebrating the family that has been around for 125 years," he said.
"Our fans in Australia always give us a warm welcome, so it'll be a great feeling to see the ANZ Stadium turn red on May 24."
German manager Klopp has also 'called up' defender Jamie Carragher and midfielder Steve McManaman, now both television pundits, along with Danish defender Daniel Agger.
"I thought we have to show the whole LFC package - that means the actual squad and a few of our legends," Klopp said.
"They are still young enough and look good enough in the kit that we can show them.
"So, use the opportunity that we still have. It's good for the players and I think the supporters will enjoy it."