English Premiership

Anfield braced for Gerrard farewell

2015-05-14 09:20
Steven Gerrard (Gallo Images)

London - An emotional Anfield will witness the end of an era on Saturday when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard makes his final home appearance after more than 700 games and 17 years playing for his boyhood club.

Tickets that normally cost £47 are on sale on the internet for more than £1,300 such is the demand to see the Gerrard's last match on home soil against Crystal Palace after his exceptional, glittering, one-club career.

Last week the former England skipper was part of a guard of honour saluting champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and this week Palace's players are expected to line up and applaud him as he leads the team out of the Anfield tunnel for the last time.

After Saturday's match, Liverpool have one game left at Stoke City on the final day of the Premier League season on May 24 when Gerrard, who turns 35 at the end of the month, will bid farewell to his adoring fans before joining LA Galaxy.

With Chelsea having won the title and Burnley and Queens Park Rangers already relegated, the only issues still be decided are who fills the third relegation spot and the destination of the three Europa League places.

Liverpool will clinch one of them with a win over 12th placed Palace who are chasing their highest finish in the Premier League era.

Liverpool still have a remote mathematical chance of making the top four but, wherever they finish, Gerrard will no doubt relish his last home appearances in a red shirt.

He said earlier this week, the spark went out of his game when manager Brendan Rodgers told the midfielder earlier this season that he would have a restricted role in the side.

"When a manager gets you into the office and says your role is going to change and it's going to become more limited - that's when you make your decision.

"It's not a selfish thing but coming on as a sub is just not the same buzz so things have changed this year," he said at a gala dinner for former Liverpool players.

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