Liverpool All-stars match – Emotional reaction from Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, Xabi Alonso and other returning Anfield legends
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard and former hero Jamier Carragher hosted a LFC All-star charity game at Anfield, that gave a chance to the likes of Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Luis Suarez, Pepe Reina, Luis Garcia and others to say a final goodbye to the Anfield crowd. Thierry Henry and young academy star Jerome Sinclair started up front for Gerrard XI leaving the likes of Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez on the bench, while Didier Drogba and Mario Balotelli started up front for Carragher XI.
Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for Carragher XI with a shot from 25 yards to beat Brad Jones, and Drogba soon doubled the lead for Carragher XI after he took advantage of an inch-perfect through ball from Mario Balotelli. Steven Gerrard converted a spot-kick to make it 2-1 just before the half time as Jerome Sinclair was brought down by former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly inside his own penalty box. Gerrard restored parity in the second half as he converted another spot-kick after Luis Suarez fouled by Jamie Carragher. Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez combined really well in the second half to produce some delighful football for the Anfield crowd.
It was a memorable come back for Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez as the Anfield crowd gave them a huge reception when they were introduced in the second half. For the first time it looked like Liverpool fans have forgiven Fernando Torres and the famous ‘Fernando Torres Liverpool’s number nine’ chant was sung by the Kop throughout the game.
“It was very emotional, I didn’t know how to react. I wasn’t expecting them to sing the song,” he told Liverpoolfc.com after the contest had ended in a 2-2 draw.
“I still remember the great games we had here at Anfield in the Champions League, in the league and fighting for trophies. I have the song in my head, it was so important for me.
“Those three-and-a-half years changed my entire life and career. I remember the song from the Kop in important games. To hear that once again is something I will never, ever forget.”
Torres continued: “It’s difficult to explain what you feel when you are at Anfield and you can play a football match here. It’s difficult to explain when you are in the home team – it’s a bit different when you are in the away team.
“Today was a day I’ll never forget, for sure. It was so emotional to play with my teammates again; we had a great time playing together here for Liverpool.
“And especially the reaction of all the supporters. Everybody knows Liverpool fans are different class. Today is a day to remember for me. I am lucky to be able to be here and I just want to thank everybody for their welcome.”
Former Champions League winner with Liverpool Xabi Alonso made his return to Anfield for the first time since he left for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. Now a Bayern Munich player, Alonso was given a war hero welcome by the Kop. After the match, Alonso admitted he felt like he was back home.
Alonso told liverpoolfc.com : “Wow. I was really looking forward to this game. It was really special and really emotional.
“When I left, I didn’t have the chance to say a proper goodbye. Today was a kind of ‘hello’ to everyone – it was great to be back home. It was a great feeling.
“It brought all the memories back. It felt like I hadn’t left for a long time. I was feeling at home. It’s always special to be back at Anfield, to be in front of the crowd. It was a great reception and I am really happy.”
The loudest cheers were reserved for Luis Suarez as he returned to Anfield for the first time since joining Barcelona in the summer. The Kop kept singing his name and thanked him for the beautiful memories.
Asked if he had missed the Anfield atmosphere, Suarez told Liverpoolfc.com: “Yes, of course, because it’s unbelievable, it’s amazing for me.
“Everyone who’s played for Liverpool knows how important the supporters are. Now they know they are in my heart.
“It’s always nice, not just to come back to Anfield, but to come for a great game, for all the players, for the supporters, for the foundation and for Stevie – it was a special game.”
Picture and Quotes Courtesy : Liverpoolfc.com
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