Steven Gerrard in action for a Liverpool XI against Tranmere Rovers
Steven Gerrard scored last night for a Liverpool XI as he swapped the suit and tie for the more familiar attire of a red No 8 shirt in a friendly against Tranmere Rovers.
The goal did little to quell the booing Gerrard received whenever he touched the ball, however, a depressing precursor of what no doubt is to come from opposing fans this season.
The Liverpool captain was cleared of affray after a week-long trial at Liverpool Crown Court and seven hours later stepped out at Prenton Park. Gerrard, who played for just over an hour, was comfortably the biggest name on display and hit a 20-yard second-half strike in a 2-2 draw.
While one almighty burden may have been lifted, others remain, with a bitter impasse over the future of Xabi Alonso and continuing concerns about the club’s American owners, who were unable to secure an extension to their £350 million loan before last night’s deadline.