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Steven Gerrard to make starting return for Liverpool against Sydney FC

Goal.com logo Goal.com 24-05-2017

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher will start for Liverpool against Sydney FC on Wednesday night in a rare return to a Reds shirt.

The two club legends have been joined by Daniel Agger and Steve McManaman in Jurgen Klopp's squad for the end-of-season friendly.

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Former captain Gerrard will line up in midfield alongside Lucas and teenager Ben Woodburn, while Carragher will feature in a back four that also includes Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno and another youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Alex Brosque, Sydney FC

Meanwhile, Sydney captain Alex Brosque is bullish about the Sky Blues' chances against a "tired" Liverpool.

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The Reds arrived in Australia on Wednesday morning.

With the Premier League having only just finished on Sunday - two weeks after Sydney defeated Melbourne Victory in the A-League grand final - Brosque reckons his side have a chance of winning.

The 33-year-old forward told reporters on Tuesday that tight 1-0 losses to Tottenham and Chelsea in 2015 give him confidence.

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"I think we can [beat Liverpool]," Brosque said.

"They're a great team in the Champions League next year and a huge worldwide club, but I think we gave Chelsea and Tottenham a good go two years ago.

"Liverpool coming here off a very successful season, they'll be tired, they flew 24 hours after their last game, no doubt it'll be a tough game but we'll prepare for it as we do for every other game.

"We're going to just enjoy it, fresh off what we've done this year, I think it's a good time to be playing a club like Liverpool, and we'll throwing our best at it."

The match will also be a special occasion for Sydney winger David Carney, who spent some of his junior days the other side of the Mersey River at Everton.

David Carney, Sydney FC

"When I was over there in England at Everton and Blackpool, playing against them there was always good banter between everyone," he told Sydney's website.

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"But my family is all Everton and it'll be a good occasion for them and Australian football."

Sydney will enter the match having broken a raft of records on their way to the A-League championship this season.

Liverpool defeated Middlesbrough 3-0 on Sunday to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since they finished second in 2013-14.

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Wednesday night's game will be the fourth friendly Liverpool have played against A-League opposition in four years, having previously faced Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United.

Craig Johnston, Liverpool

Liverpool are one of the best-supported foreign clubs Down Under, and Australian ex-Reds midfielder Craig Johnston believes there is a cultural affinity between the English city and his homeland.

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"Getting out of Ireland, the first stop was always Liverpool. So there's a lot of Irish in Liverpool," Johnston said in the lead-up to the match.

"And don't forget our heritage with the convicts and the Irish. So there's an ironic sense of humour, there's the love of music, there's the love of football [that Australia and Liverpool have in common]."

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