Can you name Liverpool’s XI from Steven Gerrard’s final match in 2015?
Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly a Liverpool legend, but he didn’t get the goodbye he was hoping for; the long-serving club captain’s final appearance for the club was a shocking 6-1 defeat away to Stoke.
We’re asking you to name the starting XI that Brendan Rodgers went with on that occasion, the final match of an underwhelming 2014-15 Premier League campaign, in which the Reds finished sixth.
Gerrard continued playing over in MLS at LA Galaxy, while the writing was on the wall for Rodgers – he was sacked five months later, while successor Jurgen Klopp ushered in a grand new era at Anfield.
Mark Hughes’ Potters were on fire that afternoon at the Britannia Stadium, going five goals ahead by half-time, with Mama Biram Diouf scoring twice in the opening half-hour.
In a Q&A with Stoke Sentinel, Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross has now revealed what happened when the Potters headed back to the dressing room.
He said: “Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool. We were five up at half-time and when we went back to the dressing room nobody said a word.
“I’ve never known anything like it at half-time, 5-0 up. The manager [Mark Hughes] walked in and didn’t know what to say. We just burst out laughing.”
It wasn’t a vintage Liverpool XI, but Gerrard – who was the closest thing to a recognised striker in Rodgers’ 4-3-3 – was one of several big-name players on the visitors’ teamsheet.
And we’re asking you to name the XI in a quicker time than the 01:42 we managed from the Planet Football office.
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