- Manchester City and Sunderland set to face Liverpool in the next two weeks
- Steven Gerrard has been a regular at Anfield since announcing his retirement
- Southgate will have been impressed with form of Liverpool’s English contingent
David Wood for MailOnline
Steven Gerrard, Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate were among the interested spectators as Liverpool fought back from a goal down to beat Stoke on Tuesday.
Reds legend Gerrard has been a regular at Anfield since announcing his retirement in November following a 18-month stint at LA Galaxy.
The 36-year-old says he has ‘loved’ watching the exciting, attacking football of Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.
Steven Gerrard has been a regular at Anfield since announcing his retirement
The Liverpool legend watched from the Anfield stands as his former team defeated Stoke
There was plenty of seasonal cheer on Tuesday night despite falling behind to Jon Walters’ strike in the 12th minute.
Adam Lallana equalised from an acute angle in the 34th minute and Roberto Firmino put them ahead just before the break.
An own goal by Giannelli Imbula in the 59th put Liverpool in command before substitute Daniel Sturridge sealed a 4-1 victory.
The hard-fought victory moves Liverpool ahead of Manchester City in second place, six points behind league leaders Chelsea.
Rival managers Pep Guardiola and David Moyes were on a scouting mission at Anfield
It may have been uncomfortable viewing for Guardiola with City the next team to visit Anfield on New Year’s Eve.
Sunderland manager David Moyes also took advantage of the festive fixture schedule to conduct a scouting mission with his side due to face Liverpool on January 2 and Stoke on January 14.
England boss Southgate will have been impressed with the form of Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and Sturridge.
England boss Gareth Southgate will have been impressed with the form of English contingent