Saturday 24 June 2017

Steven Gerrard: I'm absolutely devastated I'll never play at Anfield again

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard as he walks on the pitch after his final game at Anfield
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard as he walks on the pitch after his final game at Anfield
Liverpool players wear Gerrard shirts as Steven Gerrard walks onto the pitch after his final game at Anfield
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

An emotional Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard told a packed Anfield that he is "devastated" that he will never play in front of his supporters again.

The club captain, who departs for the LA Galaxy this summer, came back onto the pitch following the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace and acknowledged the role the fans have played during his glittering career in a Liverpool jersey.

"It's been very strange," he admitted. "I've been dreading this moment. The reason being is because I'll miss it so much.

"I'm absolutely devastated I'll never play in front of these supporters here again."

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard walks out for his final game at Anfield with family before the match
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard walks out for his final game at Anfield with family before the match

Gerrard thanked his team-mates, former team-mates, management and family, but reserved special praise for the supporters that remained.

"I have to save my last thank you to the most important people at any club. These supporters stand out more than any I have ever experienced.

"Before I go and the tears come, I have played in front of most supporters around the world, let me tell you, ye are the best. Thank you very much and all the best."

The result was not part of the script, but Gerrard was quick to praise their opponents.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard

"We found it hard to get going. I played a holding role, they stifled us, towards the end we gambled and went for it, credit to Crystal Palace.

"I have been preparing for it all week. It's not going to be the same, hopefully I can enjoy my football for the next couple of years and hopefully come back one day.

Liverpool fans with banners for Steven Gerrard before the match
Liverpool fans with banners for Steven Gerrard before the match

"I will reflect for a few years and hopefully stay involved in the game, I love it."

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gerrard was asked if he would return as a manager, or even on loan from the Galaxy.

"I don't think I'd come back on loan after that performance," he joked.

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