VIDEO: Liverpool legend Phil Neal speaks about upcoming Buxton friendly

Former Liverpool and England defender Phil Neal visited the Silverlands last week to promote the upcoming Buxton v Liverpool Legends clash.

The game, which takes place on Sunday, July 19 (2pm), will see legends from both teams compete against each other.

Former Liverpool and England captain Phil Neal

Former Liverpool and England captain Phil Neal

The match will be the main event on an afternoon which promises fun for all the family, with gates opening at noon.

Sports reporter Ricky Charlesworth sat down with Neal, who won 22 trophies in 11 years at Liverpool, to discuss the legends clash, his trophy-laden years with the Reds and to get his thoughts on the current situation at Anfield.

RC: First of all Phil, how did this game come about?

PN: Well, I bumped into Dave Hopkins (Buxton chairman) through a mutual friend.

Former Liverpool and England captain Phil Neal with Dave Hopkins

Former Liverpool and England captain Phil Neal with Dave Hopkins

I know Manchester United have been over to Buxton and done a similar thing with their Legends.

Word got around and Dave asked me if I would try and do the same thing as the United lads.

I said yes and I’ve taken it on and it’s worked out quite well really.

RC: Which legends have you managed to attract so far?

PN: So far I’ve got Jason McAteer, John Aldridge, Jan Molby, Michael Thomas and Alan Kennedy.

We’ve also got Danny Miller, from Emmerdale, representing us and I’ve heard he’s a big Liverpool fan.

We’re happy to put the onus on him because supposedly he’s a player and a bit!

RC: In terms of the day itself, what can fans expect?

PN: Obviously after the game is done, the boys will spend an hour or so in the club lounges.

They’ll sign things and I’m sure they will be accomodating.

The old players don’t mind the fans.

We hope it’s nice weather and I think whoever is playing against us will get a little taste of what it’s like to compete against professionals.

RC: Despite it being tagged as a friendly, does that desire and will to win still burn strong?

PN: We’re still determined to win. Whether we’re at Buxton or Bacelona - it doesnt matter.

That desire never leaves you.

If you challenged me to a game of darts, I’d be trying my damnedest to win.

That’s what the old pro does - he never gives in and hopefully people turning up will see that.

RC: You won plenty of cups and titles at Liverpool, but which triumph in particular stands out?

PN: To win 22 in 11 years was fantastic.

To win four of five European Cup finals was special, but I think winning the first trophy teaches you how to win.

Once you’ve won, you can convey that to the youngsters and it will go down the line.

If you lead by example then they learn off you, like Whelan and Rush did in my day.

RC: Your old club Liverpool haven’t enjoyed the best of times recently. What have you made of the goings-on at Anfield?

PN: They’ve had a blip this year because they did extremely well the year before.

We’ve got a relatively young team, so we need experience and players that aren’t going to shirk responsibility.

Why Steven (Gerrard) is going, I don’t know.

But I wish him well because he is a quality person.

Even in the great teams I played in, he would still get in my side and he’s been a great ambassador the club.