Saturday’s return leg between Liverpool and Manchester United prepares for the ‘Legends of the North’ duel, where former players from the two clubs meet for a charity match. Liverpool came home with a 3-1 win after their first game at Old Trafford.
Sir Kenny Dalglish, who runs Liverpool alongside Ian Rush and John Aldridge, is looking forward to what will be one of two big events at Anfield this weekend. On Sunday, the stage was set for the Merseyside derby when Liverpool and Everton meet in the Women’s Super League. The Reds will try to follow up on their strong and surprising victory over Chelsea in the opening series.
The women achieved a great result when they beat Chelsea. Great achievement. I’m sure they will follow through with a win in the derby and I can assure them that the field will not be too busy when they play on Sunday. It will still be playable. So let’s hope for two good results, says Dalglish in an interview with Liverpoolfc.com.
They can play as much as they want
On Tuesday, the full Liverpool squad for the Legends match was confirmed. Istanbul champion Jerzy Dudek, Djime Traore, Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia are among those who will wear the red jersey against old rivals.
– When you go out on the field it’s always the same – then you play to win. Players would love to be able to experience it again, and the same is probably true for Manchester United, says Dalglish.
He promises that all 22 players on the team will play, but adds that it varies in how long they can afford to play.
– I always try to be fair when it comes to playing time. The Scotsman says some players can’t manage more than 15-20 minutes, so we have to take that into account.
He says it’s always special for the players to meet Anfield.
When you play for a team like Liverpool, it will always have a special place in your heart. For some, there may not have been a chance to say goodbye to the club appropriately, and then this could be a great opportunity, says Dalglish.
The match is being organized under the auspices of the LFC Foundation, and the money will go to a good cause. Dalglish was impressed with the work being done in the local community.
The club has always been keen to give back to the community. Some of the profits also go to Forever Reds, which are for former players who have struggled after their career and need help. It also shows how much the club has meant to so many people, Dalglish says.
The legend match will be played on Saturday at 4 pm, and the team looks like this:
Goalkeepers: Jerzy Dudek, Sander Westerfield
Defenders: Martin Skrtel, Bjorn Toure Kvarmi, Glenn Johnson, Djimmie Traore, Fabio Aurelio, Stefan Henchoz, Gregory Vignal, Alvaro Arbeloa
Midfield: Xabi Alonso, Luis Garcia, Anthony Lou Talic, Salif Diao, Momo Sissoko, Marc Gonzalez, Albert Riera.
Forwards: Maxi Rodriguez, Robbie Keane, Andrei Voronin, Stuart Downing, Florent Sinama Pongol
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