Steven Gerrard will play for Liverpool legends in a charity game against Australia legends in the new year.
The midfielder's last game for the Reds came in the 6-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City on the final day of the 2014-15 season and, following the end of his inaugural MLS campaign, there were suggestions he would return to Anfield on loan.
However, Jurgen Klopp was happy for Gerrard to train with his team but said there was no possibility of the former captain returning for a short spell.
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And on Monday evening, Liverpool confirmed on their official website that the 35-year-old will be joining the likes of Jamie Carragher, Ian Rush, Dietmar Hamann and John Arne Riise in a Liverpool legends team - managed by Gerard Houllier - to take on an Australian legends team in Sydney.
Speaking on liverpoolfc.com, Gerrard said: “It will be great to play with the official Liverpool FC Legends.
"The squad looks like it’s a great set of lads, it’ll be good to get on the pitch with them. Our fans are the best and to play in front of them again will be emotional, I’m sure.”
"Our fans are the best and to play in front of them again will be emotional."
For nostalgic Liverpool fans, Gerrard's return would be a dream come true. However, following the arrival of Klopp, many fans have agreed it is time to look forward rather than back.
The Merseyside club relied on the former England skipper for over a decade but are now beginning to show signs they can cope without him.
Away wins at Chelsea and Manchester City have highlighted their progress under Klopp, and a playing role for Gerrard would signal a backwards step for the club, rather than a move forward.
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