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Steven Gerrard STARTS for Liverpool in end of season friendly

Jurgen Klopp names former skipper and Jamie Carragher in starting line-up for friendly against Sydney FC

The strange summer friendlies have arrived early this year. 

Liverpool are in action against Australian side Sydney FC on Wednesday morning, with manager Jurgen Klopp naming Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in his starting line-up.

The Reds face the A-League side at the ANZ Stadium, having landed in Oz mere hours beforehand, and only days after they secured their top four finish in the Premier League with a win against Middlesbrough at the weekend.

Men at work

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Men at work

And Liverpool fans who have made the journey to Sydney will be treated to Anfield legends Gerrard and Carragher in the starting XI, while former fan favourites Daniel Agger and Steve McManaman make the bench.

First-team regulars Roberto Firmino, Lucas Levia and Dejan Lovren also make the XI, joined by youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn.

Fun fact of the day is that Woodburn wasn’t even born when  Carragher and Gerrard made their Reds’ debuts.

Ben Woodburn in action

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Ben Woodburn in action

It’s certainly an odd time for a post-season match, especially considering many clubs are still involved in cup finals and end of season deciders, or relaxing with family and friends on holiday.

Still, the Liverpool lot seem to be enjoying themselves.

But the Reds shouldn’t relax too much, as Sydney FC could prove to be a tricky opponent*.

The Sky Blues go into the match having broken a string of records on their way to the A-League title this season, while winger David Carney will be particularly up for this one, having spent his junior days with Merseyside rivals Everton.

So let the weird summer friendlies commence.

*UPDATE: Liverpool are leading 3-0 after 40 minutes – what do we know, eh?

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