Liverpool to host Real Madrid in March – will Steven Gerrard make his Anfield return?

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Liverpool will host Real Madrid in a legends match at Anfield in March – a game that could see recently retired Steven Gerrard back in red.

A LFC legends team will host Real Madrid legends on March 25th, 2017 – the return match from when the sides played at the Bernabeu in June 2015.

That match saw the likes of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Luis Garcia, Jamie Carragher and Patrik Berger line up for Liverpool.

But the last time Liverpool legends played a charity match was down under in Sydney in January – a game Gerrard played in during the off-season from MLS, so despite him not being named on the official press release on Monday, fans will be hoping he’ll be added to the Reds’ squad.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 16, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard in action against Crystal Palace during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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The match at the Bernabeu saw Zinedine Zidane line up for the Spanish giants but he’s unlikely to take to the Anfield pitch now he’s in charge of Los Merengues, although the game is during an international break. Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos will be among the the stars in action for Los Blancos though.

The match will raise funds for the Liverpool FC Foundation, the club’s official charity.

Liverpool FC Ambassador, Robbie Fowler, will captain the Reds side with the hope of claiming victory in front of the Kop. LFC’s top goal scorer, Ian Rush, will also act as player manager for the team.

Some of the star former players confirmed to play in the Legends team include; Ian Rush, Gary McAllister, Luis Garcia, Jamie Carragher, Patrik Berger, Salif Diao, Jerzy Dudek, Stephane Henchoz, Jason McAteer, Vladimir Smicer, David Thompson, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Sander Westerveld, Didi Hamann, John Aldridge, John Arne Riise , Phil Babb, Daniel Agger and Michael Owen.

Real Madrid’s team will also feature a top line up of footballing stars including, Roberto Carlos da Silva, Emilio Butragueño, Luis Figo and Steven McManaman.

All proceeds from the match will go to the LFC Foundation – the Club’s official charity. The aim of the LFC Foundation is to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people. Funds raised will support the charity’s programmes and partnerships, which aim to improve the health and life chances of children and young people in Merseyside and beyond.

MADRIS, SPAIN - Sunday, June 14, 2015: Liverpool's Jamie Carragher in action against Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane during the Corazon Classic Legends Friendly match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fowler said: “We’re really looking forward to playing Real Madrid next spring. We hope to put on a really good show for our fans in the first legends game held at Anfield, whilst raising funds for the Liverpool FC Foundation.”

Andrea Cooper, Head of the Liverpool FC Foundation said: “We are delighted to host our friends from Real Madrid in the return leg of the charity game held last summer. With our fans’ help we can make a really positive difference to thousands of children and young people who need it most.”

Tickets for the game are priced at £20 for Adults and £5 for Juniors. Tickets will go on sale to Season Ticket Holders and LFC Members from 11am on Tuesday 6th December. Tickets will be on general sale (including LFC fan card holders) from 11am on Friday 9th December.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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