The sun was shining down on Anfield as a team of bona fide Liverpool Football Club Legends, sponsored by Liverpool Vodka, graced the field for what was to be an explosive encounter against the touring side of Real Madrid Legends. In their last encounter with the Legends from Spain, playing away at the Santiago Berneabeu in 2015, our team were made to rue their missed chances as the home side came from 2-0 down to beat the tourists, a 4-2 defeat that left the Liverpool players eager for another round.

Each year the Liverpool Legends convene on Anfield to take on another world class team of Football royalty in what always promises to be a great contest of returning players. From the most recent departures from the club, such as Steven Gerrard, to familiar faces that have helped Liverpool reach the pinnacles of both English and European Competitions, including the club’s all-time leading goalscorer Ian Rush.

A sold-out Anfield crowd cheered on their favourite boy Steven Gerrard as he put in a stellar performance, hitting the wordwork on a couple of occasions, including this near miss:

The Reds got off to a good start, when Gerrard crossed a ball in for an eager Michael Owen, heading in his effort on the 24th minute. But the older boys weren’t to be left out. This tap in from John Aldridge proves that true talent can never be lost:

The touring players from Real Madrid took their chances to return fire on more than a few occasions. At the 78th minute, Liverpool were ahead by four goals, but within 10 minutes Real Madrid had almost closed the gap.

It was too little too late though as the score was 4-3 when the final whistle blew, in what proved to be a thrilling match between two teams eager to put on a good show for the 70,000 passionate fans who had come out to support the Legends, as well as the Liverpool FC Foundation, a non-profit that delivers footballing sessions to thousands of young people every year, in addition to working with a number of local charities to help improve the health of as many young people as possible in the local area.