Liverpool FC recently put on an all-star charity football match to raise money for the Alder Hey children’s hospital. The match featured some of Liverpool’s best and well loved players from the last decade as well as current squad players and a host of special guests. Two greats of the club Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher selected their teams prior to the match.
Gerrard’s XI: Brad Jones, Anthony Gerrard, Glen Johnson, John Terry, John Arne Riise, Kevin Nolan, Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Ryan Babel, Thierry Henry, Jerome Sinclair.
Gerrard’s substitutes: Scott Dann, Ashley Williams, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Charlie Adam, Jay Spearing, Stephen Warnock, Joao Carlos Teixeira.
Carragher’s XI: Pepe Reina, Jon Flanagan, Jamie Carragher, Alvaro Arbeloa, Martin Kelly, Harry Kewell, Stewart Downing, Lucas, Jonjo Shelvey, Didier Drogba, Mario Balotelli.
Carragher’s substitutes: Peter Gulacsi, Luis Garcia, Craig Noone, Alberto Moreno, Gael Clichy, Fabio Borini, Craig Bellamy.
With match tickets only £20 it was a guaranteed sell out (which it was). The final result of the match was 2-2 with the fans getting to see some great football. Mario Balotelli and Didier Drogba scored for Carragher’s team whilst Steven Gerrard scored two penalties for his team.
With 11 minutes into the match Balotelli gave Carragher’s side the lead and the providing the assist 20 minutes later with a through ball which found Drogba to round the goalkeepers before finding the net.
41 minutes gone and Carragher brings down Jerome Sinclair in the box giving Gerrard the chance to pull one back which he calmly does just before half time and then round off the comeback with 56 minutes on the clock with another penalty this time at the Kop end.
The match turned out to be an emotional one for certain LFC players, my favourite amongst them was Fernando Torres he was a Liverpool player for three and a half years before making a £50million switch to rivals Chelsea but he received a heart-warming reception throughout the day as he was adored by many.
The match in itself raised over £60,000 and donations continue to role in by texting and online donations. 100% of the donations are all made the Alder Hey hospital.