Leading up to the game there had been an unusually amount of press coverage considering it is just a testimonial game. A few weeks before the game a clip of Gerrard and Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher selecting their team for the match was published, this is pretty unusual. I’m having a hard time figuring out why this game got as much publicity as it did. Gerrard is a Liverpool icon and will go in the history books as one of the best players ever to play for Liverpool, and both the teams had several superstar and legends of the game, but I still find it odd that this game got as much press as it did, especially since Gerrard isn’t even retiring, just switching leagues.
Over the last few seasons several other icons and legends from other clubs have retired or switched teams and had testimonial games, such as Giggs, Scholes, Del Piero and Zanetti. Their teams also included superstars and legends, it is nothing new, but they didn’t get nearly as much press as Gerrard’s testimonial.
I’m thinking it maybe because he in an English player, even though Scholes was English too, but Scholes was never a press favorite because he stayed as much away from the spotlight as he could. So that’s my best guess we this much got hyped up so much, does any of you have a better suggestion? I would love to hear it. By the way, the game ended a 2-2 draw, with Gerrard scoring both of his team goals.