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Liverpool fans poured in huge number to watch some of the biggest names in Liverpool history.Reuters

Steven Gerrard's hollywood passes, Luis Garcia's silky touches, Jamie Carragher's physical game and Ian Rush's predator instinct were all witnessed on Thursday in Sydney as Liverpool legends defeated Australia legends 4-0 in an exhibition match.

The Australian legends dominated the first few minutes of the game, but it was Liverpool, who came close to scoring and Vladmir Smicer missed some golden chances in the first 15 minutes.

The best chance for the first goal went to home team's No. 10, S Corici, who was brilliantly stopped one-on-one by the Liverpool goalie, Westerveld. However, it was Liverpool who scored first in the 27th minute with a strike from Garcia, who celebrated in his trademark style – sucking his thumb.

With Smicer missing some huge chances, another Liverpool great Gary McAllister came off from the bench in the 35th minute.

Before the break, Gerrard was denied by goalie Kalac, who made a wonderful save to deny Liverpool fans inside the stadium to celebrate the goal, which they were desperate to see.

The second half also started in a similar style as first with Australia dominating possession, but failed to make something positive out of it. Rather, Garcia, who looked bright throughout the game, scored his second goal via a header in the 52nd minute.

With 2-0 up, McAllister was substituted by Reds' greatest goal-scorer, Ian Rush, who was well received by the crowd in Sydney. Within 10 minutes of his arrival on the pitch, the striker, who is 54 years old, brought back memories of his good old days as he scored in the 74th minute.

Though, Liverpool fans in Australia were expecting Robbie Fowler and Gerrard to be on the score sheet, the duo, despite their fair share of chances, could not add to the legends' goal tally. With one of the last kick of the game, Joh Alridge scored the fourth goal for Liverpool to cap a memorable night for Liverpool legends.

The home team might have lost the match, but football fans, who had gathered in Sydney for the exhibition match, were winners. They will never forget the day as they were able to witness some of the best former Liverpool players under one roof.

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