Liverpool starting XI: Dudek – McAteer, Carragher, Agger, Risse – Alonso, McManaman, Gerrard, Kuyt – Fowler, Owen
Liverpool squad: Aldridge, Smicer, Babb, Berger, Garcia, Kvarme, McAlister, Hamann, James, Rush
Bayern starting XI: Butt – Ze Roberto, Demichelis, Lizarazu – Matthäus, Tarnat – Zickler, Sergio, Makaay, Elber – Toni
Bayern squad: Gospodarek, Pflügler, Tarnat, Zimmermann, Van Buyten, Kuffour, Witezcek, Misimovic, Ottl, Sternkopf
The activity at Anfield got off to the more terrible conceivable begin for Bayern as they rapidly got themselves 3-0 down to strikes from Dirk Kuyt, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler. The Bavarian Legends managed to turn the game around, however, giving Liverpool their very own essence solution from their UEFA Champions League rebound in Istanbul in 2005. Luca Toni, Alexander Zickler (2) and Paulo Sergio turned the tables by scoring four goals without answer inside 13 minutes. Zickler’s second to put Bayern ahead out of the blue came following a wayward ball over the case from Xabi Alonso, who was still in Liverpool hues at the time. A diverted Fowler free-kick on the stroke of half-time had Liverpool level following 45 minutes.
The two groups rolled out a few improvements for the beginning of the second half. Alonso exchanged sides at the break, while another legend to speak to the two clubs, Dietmar Hamann, went ahead for the Merseyside club. The cricket-cherishing German just kept going 25 minutes, however, as a portion of the more seasoned legends were given brief run-outs, with substitutions and weakness apparently constraining the scoring chances in the second half. Alonso, now in Bayern hues, kept on helping the club where he resigned when he set the Bavarians back ahead when he let go a sweet free-kick around the divider and past goalkeeper David James. Liverpool once again levelled late in the half when Norwegian Bjorn Tore Kvarme crushed home a free ball. The hosts thought they had the victor minutes after the fact when Luis Garcia packaged the ball home after Steven Gerrard‘s strike against the woodwork, yet the linesman’s banner precluded it as an altogether engaging match between legends attracted to a nearby.