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 By Chris Wright

Liverpool, Everton stalwarts Steven Gerrard and Leon Osman face off in blind football

While it may not qualify as the biggest Merseyside derby in history, Liverpool and Everton stalwarts Steven Gerrard and Leon Osman recently renewed their local rivalry to take part in a blind football challenge.

In a bid to highlight the work of the BT Disability Initiative, Gerrard and Osman donned blindfolds for a match alongside visually impaired players from both teams' community programmes.

They were also joined by a few players from Merseyside Blind FC, who helped show them the ropes.

While there was a little rule-bending on display from Gerrard, both recently retired Premier League stars appeared to enjoy the outing.

"I've got nothing but admiration and respect for the blind players, and the talent that they've got, you know how difficult it is," Gerrard said after the match.

Osman added: "It's great to see that both clubs have come together, getting people with disability involved and having fun through sport. To come and give it a go, it was really enjoyable."

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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