Gerrard delight as Liverpool stick charity sponsor on shirts for West Brom clash
10:26 GMT, 11 February 2013
11:22 GMT, 11 February 2013
Liverpool will wear a charity logo on their shirts for their clash with West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.
Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard and Co will have the 'Seeing is Believing' logo on their chests, rather than the usual 'Standard Chartered'. The shirts will be signed by the players after the game and then auctioned off.
Among other Reds stars, Gerrard took part in some events to support the charity and was happy to be involved with the charity which tries to tackle avoidable blindness in developing countries.
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Positive contribution: Lucas Leiva models the shirt with the charity sponsor
He said: 'You realise at the time how difficult it is without your sight. Especially doing activities. We were involved in a penalty shoot-out using a blindfold and it's so difficult.
'It was really enjoyable to take part and very important for myself and the club as well to play our part and try to help these people.'
Liverpool wore shirts with the same logo on last season in their final home match, against Chelsea, and the cash went to supporting the Standard Chartered charitable initiative.
Taking part: Steven Gerrard joined in with some events put on by the charity
They raised over 86,000 last time around and managing director Ian Ayre was glad to be able to try and do the same again.
He said: 'We’re once again proud to display the Seeing is Believing logo on our home shirt.
'Since Standard Chartered became the club’s shirt sponsor, we’ve worked closely with them to raise awareness for Seeing is Believing, both in the developing world and here in the UK.
'It’s a fantastic initiative and we hope
to raise as much as possible from the shirts to cure avoidable blindness
in developing countries.'
Throwback: Liverpool used the sponsor last season, here on Andy Carroll (centre) and Maxi Rodriguez (right)
The Baggies will go into this evening's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on the back of five defeats in their last six games.
Skipper Chris Brunt is convinced his side will emerge from their current slump now they face a less demanding schedule for the remainder of the campaign.
Brunt said: 'We are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment but, for a club our size and for the money we've got and spent, we are still ninth in the league, 34 points.
'We are moving in the right direction but the last few weeks we haven't been great. We know that ourselves and know where we've got to improve to get it right.
Happy memories: Last time Liverpool wore the sponsor they smashed Chelsea at Anfield
'December and January is a pretty hectic period and it's one where we have tended to struggle a bit in the last few seasons and then picked up in February.
'Hopefully that will be the case again – starting on Monday. Our squad has been really stretched over the last few months, a lot of games and a few injuries have really hurt us.
'The boys have just had to play through it or play out of position because we don't have the luxury of rotating the team other clubs can to keep players fresher.'
VIDEO: Gerrard speaks about Seeing is Believing
If you want to bid for the shirts after the game, head to www.ebay.co.uk/perfectmatch.