Steven Gerrard made his final appearance at Anfield against Crystal
Palace on Sunday, ending a 17-year association with the Merseyside club
The result, in the end, did not tilt in the Reds' favour as they
ended up losing the game 3-1, but the outcome of the match did not
really matter as all the focus was on Gerrard, with everyone at Anfield
wanting to pay tribute and wish him success for his new challenge in
Major League Soccer with the LA Galaxy.
While Anfield gave him a fitting farewell after the match on Sunday,
former players as well as current players also took time to pay tribute
to the Liverpool legend, who has made more than 700 appearances for the
Reds in all competitions.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who was unable to attend
Gerrard's farewell ceremony as he is still recovering from a recent hip
surgery, took to social media to pay a personal tribute to the Reds
"The greatest player to ever wear a Liverpool shirt," the former
Chelsea striker posted on Twitter. "Wish I was there to share his last
moments and season with the club."
"He's taught me a lot about football on and off the field and made me
feel welcome at the club on my first day when I was nervous and had no
idea what to expect. As the saying goes you don't know what you've got
till it's gone, but for me we already know what we'll miss."
The Reds' other striker Mario Balotelli added: "Steven Gerrard #legend #respect #icon YNWA."
Former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, who moved to Barcelona last
summer, also paid tribute to Gerrard on Twitter saying: "Thank you
legend for all you made me live in Anfield and for all the joy you have
given to the football world. Thank you my friend for everything. You are
truly one of the greatest!"
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, current working as a pundit for Sky
Sports, also paid tribute to Gerrard's amazing career at Liverpool
saying:"What a day for #StevieG. Last game for @LFC at Anfield. What a
career he has had for the club. Great player and top man #legend."
Former Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder Kaka, who twice faced
Gerrard in the Champions League final in 2005 and 2007, said on Twitter:
"There were 2 @uefachampionsleague finals against @stevengerrard, and a
title for us each! Congratulations for your career at @liverpoolfc, see
you soon in @mls."
Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton added: "Incredible send off
for Stevie, thoroughly deserved. Will there ever be another who
epitomises a club like he did? #Legend #SG8."
Finally, Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero, who also spent nearly
his entire career with the Old Lady, added: "A fitting tribute for a
real pro and true legend! Good luck Stevie #Gerrard."
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