'Many dream the dream, Steven Gerrard has lived it' - Liverpool with tribute to club captain
Published 16/05/2015 | 13:37
Steven Gerrard has insisted that today's match with Crystal Palace is not about him, but the team, but the focus of attention will certainly be the Reds captain.
The 34-year-old midfielder will lead his boyhood side out at Anfield for the final time on Saturday ahead of his summer move to Los Angeles Galaxy.
The club website has gone into great detail to pay homage to Gerrard, with an interactive story detailing the midfielder's 17 years at the club as he cemented his name as one of the greatest players to don the famous jersey.
The stats will only tell half the story," reads the website. "The hero worship from Liverpool supporters from every inch of the earth tells the rest.
"Steven Gerrard isn’t just another player to have donned the red jersey – more than any other he’s epitomised the values and character of Liverpool Football Club.
"He’s dedicated every piece of his fibre to the club’s cause over the last quarter of a century and leaves Anfield as a bonafide legend.
"Many dream the dream. Steven Gerrard has lived it."
The player himself expects it to be an emotional day in front of the home supporters as his playing career comes to an end.
"I have been in the spotlight in this city, in this team, for 17 years," he said yesterday.
"What some people don't understand is sometimes it's a tough place to live and be a player as well. So I think there will be a relief and a release in a couple of weeks. I've lived for my profession on and off the pitch."
It is rumoured that a playing return is not beyond the realms of possibility, while a coaching role down the line with Liverpool appears to be very much on the cards.
The Liverpool captain has held talks with club chairman Tom Werner and manager Rodgers on how he can be integrated into the backroom team once his playing career is over.