Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have picked a star-studded pair of sides to take part in a charity match at Anfield on March 29, with a mixture of former favourites and familiar foes involved to help the Liverpool FC Foundation raise money for its community programmes.
Though at times Liverpool and Chelsea have enjoyed a venomous rivalry, it is clear that Gerrard has plenty of respect for Blues captain John Terry, a player he has of course spent time with on England duty.
“The best centre half I’ve played with, and one of the best centre halves England’s ever seen," Gerrard told Liverpool's YouTube channel of his former Three Lions teammate. "I’ll go for the top man, JT."
Carragher picked himself in his side's defence, and was quick to tease Chelsea captain Terry about the controversial Champions League semi-final loss in 2005.
"I carried the back four at times for Liverpool," the Sky Sports pundit told his former skipper. "John will know that himself, when we played in that Chelsea game at Anfield in the semi-finals, he couldn’t quite keep that clean sheet that he was after."
Both Gerrard and Carragher will captain opposing sides in the fixture, and while Terry might enjoy a mixed reception at Anfield, the man Gerrard has chosen to partner him in midfield is sure to get a rousing one.
“Onto the midfield. I’m going to go for the best midfielder I’ve ever played with," he said selecting Xabi Alonso. "Top passer, he’ll get us playing and controlling the tempo of the game.
“I want the chance to play with Xabi again," Gerrard admitted. "I’ve missed him that much and I’m going to move him over slightly and play alongside him, provide a bit of energy for Xabi."
The prospect of seeing that dream midfield of Alonso and Gerrard again should get Reds fans excited, and Carragher's midfield pairing of Raul Meireles and Jonjo Shelvey might have their work cut out to stop such gifted playmakers.
The rest of the sides went like this:
Gerrard: Brad Jones; John Terry, John Arne Riise, Stephen Warnock; Xabi Alonso, Gerrard, Ryan Babel, Kevin Nolan; Thierry Henry, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres,
Carragher: Pepe Reina; Carragher, Alvaro Arbeloa, Martin Kelly; Raul Meireles, Jonjo Shelvey, Luis Garcia, Craig Noone; Didier Drogba, Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt
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