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Two years later than the original date, the Barça Legends will travel to Anfield Road to take on the Liverpool FC Legends in a fixture that should have been played on 28 March 2020 but was cancelled due to the pandemic. The game against The Reds will now take place on Saturday 26 March at 3.00pm and will be a fundraiser for the Barça Foundation and LFC Foundation.
Both teams are putting together top squads made of players that represented them in the past. The Barça Legends can already confirm the presence of Javier Saviola and Edmilson, while the names in the home squad include Jerzy Dudek, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Vladimir Smicer, Phil Babb, Patrik Berger and Steve McManaman.
The money raised for the Barça Foundation will be used for the project for the empowerment, training and employment of young migrants without adult references arriving in Europe and a project aimed at using sport to foster social inclusion and equal opportunities for disabled children, while that of the LFC Foundation will be destined for different Covid-19 recovery programmes, and also for the Forever Reds fund that supports veteran players in the later years of their lives.
This is the second time that the Barça Legends have played since their activities were halted by the pandemic. Last July they were in Tel Aviv (Israel) to play in a Legends Clásico against Real Madrid.
Barça Legends coach Albert Ferrer, says that “playing against one of Europe’s biggest clubs is always very special in a player’s life, and even more so in one of the world’s top stadiums, Anfield Road. We were really looking forward to this game two years ago, but the pandemic got in the way. Luckily, it can now happen two years later.”
Former Liverpool player Steve McManaman adds that “we are looking forward to playing a special game against some of the best FC Barcelona players. It’s always exciting to go back to Anfield and I can’t wait to play, especially after our last game with Barça was postponed because of the pandemic. But we’re back and we are ready again.”