Steven Gerrard returns to the Anfield fold on Thursday, captaining the Liverpool Legends team as they take on an Australian Legends side at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
The iconic player, who lifted Liverpool's last Champions League trophy in 2005, will be joined by Jamie Carragher and Dietmar Hamann in a star-studded squad managed by former coach Gerard Houllier.
Goalscoring legends Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler will also be present on Thursday, as the Reds look for a victory Down Under.
Here is how you can catch all of the action, including full squad information for both teams:
Date: Thursday, Jan. 7
Time: 8 a.m. (GMT) / 3 a.m. (ET)
Live Stream: LFCTV Go
TV Info: LFCTV
|LIVERPOOL FC LEGENDS||AUSTRALIAN LEGENDS|
|Steven Gerrard||Tony Vidmar|
|Robbie Fowler||Tony Popovic|
|Ian Rush||Brett Emerton|
|Jamie Carragher||Alex Tobin|
|John Arne Riise||Robbie Slater|
|Dietmar Hamann||Mark Bosnich|
|Luis Garcia||Craig Foster|
|Gary McAllister||Mile Sterjovski|
|Patrik Berger||Jason Culina|
|Bruce Grobbelaar||Scott Chipperfield|
|Jason McAteer||Stan Lazaridis|
|Vladimir Smicer||Josip Skoko|
|Stephane Henchoz||Ned Zelic|
|Sander Westerveld||Ante Milicic|
|John Aldridge||Zeljko Kalac|
|Fabio Aurelio||Craig Moore|
|Phil Babb||Steve Corica|
|Igor Biscan||David Zdrilic|
|Manager: Gerard Houllier||Manager: Graham Arnold|
Gerrard Proud To Be Back In Red
The tears flowed when Gerrard said goodbye to Liverpool at the end of last season, as the former England international embarked on the final stage of his career in Major League Soccer at LA Galaxy.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, the former skipper will wear the red shirt of the club he represented for 17 years once more as he features for the Liverpool Legends side in Sydney.
The match takes place at breakfast time for Liverpool fans in England, but the return of Stevie G will have supporters salivating at the thought of seeing their hero back in club colours.
The player took some light reading with him as he set off to skipper his boyhood club once more:
Gerrard told the club's official website he was delighted to wear the armband once again, leading out luminaries such as Bruce Grobbelaar, Gary McAllister, Luis Garcia and John Aldridge, and admitted he is motivated to win the game:
When you’ve got that red shirt on and that armband on you’ve got a job to do.
Yes it’s a friendly match and it’s going to be a great occasion but when you are a footballer it’s instilled in you to win, it’s inside and I want to come away from Australia a winner, as simple as that.
[The dressing room] will be noisy, it will be banter, it will be relaxed and it will be fun, but when the game starts people will play the way they played in their careers.
There’s a lot of vocal players out there, I’m a bit like that myself once I get on the pitch, so I’m sure there will be a lot of communication, a lot of stick, a lot of banter, but once it starts we want to win the game.
The midfielder's post-Liverpool career has been less successful than he would have liked, as the Galaxy were knocked out in the MLS play-offs, finishing fifth in the Western Conference.
Gerrard appeared 14 times in MLS for his new club, scoring twice and assisting on three occasions, according to WhoScored.com.
Despite being arguably the most popular Liverpool player of the past two decades, Gerrard finds it strange to consider himself a "legend," and personally struggles to get to grips with the terminology.
I don’t think as a player yourself you ever use the word or connect yourself with the term.
I think that’s for other people to decide and it is obviously flattering to be named in a group with that word about.
I would never call myself one or see myself as one, but it is nice to look back and see that you have contributed to the history of this football club and that’s what it’s all about.
A host of Aussie stars will play on Thursday, as a number of former Premier League talents take part. Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich will represent the Legendroos, who include Brett Emerton, Stan Lazaridis and Robbie Slater.
Slater, who featured in Blackburn Rovers' 1995 Premier League-winning side, commented on his excitement before the match as he prepared himself for action:
The return of Gerrard makes the occasion all the more special, but the legends games are always well received and supported.
It is a rare opportunity for Aussie fans to see their English heroes in the flesh on a pitch Down Under, against national players who gallantly represented them.
The Merseyside outfit will be expected to earn a win in Sydney, but on this occasion, it's the taking part that counts as supporters witness history.