Gerrard leaves a legend

Long-serving Liverpool captain Steve Gerrard bade a bittersweet farewell to Anfield on Saturday following a 3-1 English Premier League loss to Crystal Palace in his final home game for the club. After almost 17 years of service, 709 appearances, 185 goals and 10 trophies, the 34-year-old midfielder had hoped to sign off on a winning note before joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in Jul. But although Adam Lallana put Liverpool ahead, goals from Jason Puncheon and substitutes Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray ruined the script as Palace claimed a first league win at Anfield since November 1991.

Addressing the fans on the pitch after the game, Gerrard said “It felt strange. I’ve been dreading this moment. I’m going to miss it so much. I’ve loved every minute. I’m absolutely devastated I’m never going to play in front of these supporters again.” He added “I’d like to thank everyone at the club who’s has helped me over the last 17 years. There are too many people to name.”

Gerard went on “I would like to thank all my teammates, all the ex-players. They’ve made me the player I am today. I’ll save the last thanks to he most important people at the football club. These supporters stand out more than anyone. Before I go, before the tears come, I’ve played in front of more supporters around the world but let me tell you; you’re the best.”

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