Steven Gerrard couldn’t lead Liverpool to victory in his final home game, but he still said a proper goodbye to the fans, who have roared his name for 17-plus years.
Gerrard gave a farewell speech Saturday following the Reds’ 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield. Gerrard thanked his teammates and coaches but reserved special appreciation for Liverpool’s fans, whom he called the best in the world.
Gerrard played his final home game for Liverpool. The longtime club captain will leave Anfield as a free agent this summer and join Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.
Gerrard’s farewell address was part of a day-long tribute to the departing midfielder. Gerrard’s Liverpool teammates and Crystal Palace players formed a guard of honor before kickoff, applauding him as he walked onto the field with his three daughters. Liverpool fans also held up placards, creating a tifo display in Gerrard’s honor.
Gerrard’s final game for Liverpool (and its last game of the 2014-15 season) will be next Sunday at Stoke City.
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