English Premiership

Rodgers: Send Steven off in style

2015-05-16 09:47
Brendan Rodgers (AFP)

London - Brendan Rodgers has called on Liverpool's players to give Steven Gerrard the perfect Anfield farewell present with a victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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Emotions will be running high when Gerrard makes his final appearance in a Liverpool shirt on home turf before joining LA Galaxy in the close-season and Reds boss Rodgers would dearly love to send the club captain off to California with one last memorable Anfield moment.

The 34-year-old midfielder is already well established as a Liverpool legend after 17 seasons with the team he supported as a boy, but Rodgers hopes there is still room in his storybook career for a fairytale departure in the style of Ian Rush, another Anfield icon who scored a late winner against Watford in his final home appearance before joining Juventus in 1987.

"In terms of trying to control emotion it has been very simple. The attitude of all the players has been first class, Steven in particular," Rodgers said.

"We are concentrating on winning the game as I am sure Steven will want to go out with a win. The players are not on holiday at all.

"Steven doesn't like the focus and attention but it is brought on because of his star quality."

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