Liverpool hero was hospitalised by injuries and unable to fly home after Ajax Legends game

Former Liverpool star Fabio Aurelio was seriously injured at Anfield during the club’s Legends match against Ajax last month.

During the international break, Aurelio joined many former players from both clubs as Liverpool secured a 4-2 victory on Merseyside.


Aurelio was seriously injured during the exhibition at AnfieldCredit: Getty

In the first half, the 44-year-old was substituted after trying to stop Kiki Musampa’s goal for Ajax.

As a result of his defensive efforts, Aurelio suffered a punctured lung and five cracked ribs, requiring an overnight stay at Aintree University Hospital.

In an interview with The Athletic, he recounted the moment he got injured.

“I just tried to block and as he was chasing after the shot, he ended up hitting me with his knee,” the Brazilian said.

“You don’t expect something like that to happen in a Legends game, but when you go there in front of 60,000 people, the competitive spirit comes through.”

Unable to take part in post-match celebrations with his teammates, Aurelio had to extend his stay in the UK and postpone his return to Brazil due to concerns over his injury.

“I couldn’t return last week because of damage to my lung,” he added.

Aurelio made 133 appearances for Liverpool and achieved cult hero status


Aurelio made 133 appearances for Liverpool and achieved cult hero statusCredit: Getty

“At first the doctors said I would have to wait three weeks, so I was a bit scared, but the specialist saw the x-rays a few days ago and said it had calmed down.

“The lung is fine and the ribs, it’s just a matter of time for them to heal.”

During his six years at Liverpool, Aurelio racked up 133 appearances for the club, contributing to their League Cup and Community Shield triumphs.

The Brazilian played under Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish, before leaving England in 2012 to join national club Gremio.

He then retired from professional football two years later.


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