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Steven Gerrard to play for Liverpool in legends match

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Steven Gerrard is set to be joined by a host of Anfield greats including Ian Rush, Jamie Carragher and Dietmar Hamann in a star-studded fixture which sees the Liverpool legends - managed by Gerard Houllier - line up against an Australian legends side on January 7.

The former Reds captain has been based in America since a contract dispute with Brendan Rodgers towards the second half of the 2014/15 season was not resolved and he eventually signed a pre-contract agreement with LA Galaxy. This has left Liverpool with a substantial lack of experience in the dressing room which, so far, has not been adequately filled.

After being announced on Monday that the former captain will be running out in a Liverpool strip once more, Gerrard has revealed how he is feeling about the upcoming event and reveals it is set to be an emotional return playing in front of the travelling Kop faithful again.

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Gerrard commented on the club's official website: “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.”

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Gerrard has struggled to hit his previous form since making the switch across the globe, despite linking up with ex-Liverpool teammate Robbie Keane and being played in a more attacking role - just behind the striker.

When Rodgers took charge of Liverpool, he revealed he would have to manage the captain's game time. Training Gerrard to adapt to a holding midfield role looked successful early on as Liverpool pushed for the title if only to fall at the final hurdle.

However, his decline was more noticeable last year and the two parties went their separate ways in the summer.

With a number of Liverpool legends still set to be announced, the fans will undoubtedly be reminiscing of the good times shared by many at Anfield.

This, though, will ultimately continue to make fans question why Rodgers or the owners didn't offer one of England's greatest midfield players a new contract until so late on in 2014 and ensure one of their club icons would see out their career at his boyhood side.

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Brendan Rodgers
Steven Gerrard
Premier League
Jamie Carragher
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Ian Rush

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