Gerrard given chance to relive Olympiakos screamer with summer testimonial

By Andy James

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Steven Gerrard scored one of the finest goals of his career against Greek side Olympiakos and he will have the chance to do it all over again this summer - but whether Luis Suarez will be on the field with him remains to be seen.

The Liverpool legend has been granted a testimonial on August 3, the only pre-season game that will be played at Anfield. He scored a last-gasp thunderbolt against them in the 2004-2005 Champions League campaign which eventually saw Liverpool emerge as the competition winners in Istanbul.

Suarez, however, is yet to learn his fate from the Football Association having been charged with violent conduct after biting the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. If the FA give him a lengthy ban he may well be suspended from his captain's testimonial match.

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Old boy: Steven Gerrard has been granted a testimonial in August

Old boy: Steven Gerrard has been granted a testimonial in August

A consoling arm: Luis Suarez went out for an Italian lunch with his wife, Sofia Balbi, in Liverpool's San Carlo restaurant

A consoling arm: Luis Suarez went out for an Italian lunch with his wife, Sofia Balbi, in Liverpool's San Carlo restaurant

Look of concern: Suarez has been charged by the FA for violent conduct for his bite on Ivanovic

Look of concern: Suarez has been charged by the FA for violent conduct for his bite on Ivanovic

Light lunch: Suarez has a nibble in town before deciding whether to accept the FA's charge

Light lunch: Suarez has a nibble in town before deciding whether to accept the FA's charge

Boom: Gerrard's super strike has gone down in history

Boom: Gerrard's super strike has gone down in history

Iconic: Gerrard (centre) celebrates wildly after his goal sent the Reds through

Iconic: Gerrard (centre) celebrates wildly after his goal sent the Reds through

They had been on the verge of elimination despite being 2-1 up, but the strike took Liverpool through the group stage on goals scored - and the rest is history.

The proceeds from the testimonial will be donated to charity.

Gerrard, who made his Liverpool debut almost 15 years ago, told the club's website: 'I am delighted to be honoured by Liverpool with a testimonial match and particularly thrilled that Olympiakos have accepted my invitation to play the fixture.

Moment of shame: the already infamous picture of Suarez biting Ivanovic

Moment of shame: the already infamous picture of Suarez biting Ivanovic

Golden boy: Gerrard helped Liverpool to their greatest triumph in recent memory - the 2005 Champions League

Golden boy: Gerrard helped Liverpool to their greatest triumph in recent memory - the 2005 Champions League

'Last time we met proved to be such a memorable game both for me personally and Liverpool Football Club.

'I am also especially grateful that Olympiakos have truly embraced the aim of this match and chosen to donate their fee to charity. I am looking forward to what I know will be a fantastic game and a wonderful occasion.'

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Rvp1. Bugs bunny 0

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Olympiakos. !!!!! Is that it. I'd rather watch tranmere

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Strange choice of opposition

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I understand the importance of that game & that goal for Liverpool's & Gerrard's history. But Olympiakos just seems like the worst, most boring opponents on earth. Doesn't a Liverpool XI vs Everton XI (old Liverpool & Everton favorites from Gerrard's era mixed with current & youth players) sound a lot better than eleven unknown Greek's all called Stavros or Giorgos Papadopoulos Papadapolis.

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Lovely cushioned header for Gerrard.... OHHHHHH YA BEAUTYYYYYY! What a hit son, what a hit. Andy Gray is a Kopite!

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Kagawa 1 Gerard 0 clevz 1 Gerard 0.... The list could go on hahahaha

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you would have thought the red devil fans would be out celebrating, but NO, they have to put their noses in: jealousy, envy, hatred springs to mind! - daniel, bradford, 23/4/2013 22:20....we were out celebrating last night and most of today.....now just reminding Pool fans of our 21 titles...ohhh silly me 21 is next year ....our 20 League titles including 13 PREMIER LEAGUE titles....not to worry next year is your year....after Suarez has served his very very long ban and you get him fit for the second half of the season you will go on a run and win 20 games straight by a min of 5 goals per game...there you go you can have my blueprint for LFC winning the EPL for free ...it can go with Brendans 180 page document and his 3 envelopes.....i remember the stick you all gave United and their fans when city won the EPL last year...just returning the favour

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Who has set Suarez up for those pictures? they must be planning to send them to the FA overnite asking, "look at him, hasn`t he suffered enough"? before the commision get to work in the morning :)

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they'll give a testimonial to anyone these days! - Lacey, Isle of Man, United Kingdom, 23/4/2013 15:02 Lacey, is your nickname " the manx cat" because your are not the full package ?

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I thought he would have asked Milan

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