This weekend marks the last game that Steven Gerrard will play at Anfield. Hold on, just let that sink in.
Earlier on this season the Liverpool skipper announced that he would be retiring from the football club he has called home for his entire professional career. Gerrard, who is affectionately known as “Mr Liverpool”, has played for the club since his debut in 1998 and will be sorely missed by Premier League fanatics around the world. This weekend won’t be the last time we see Stevie G play, as he signed an 18-month contract at MLS giants LA Galaxy, but will be his last game at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium.
Gerrard will be remembered as one of the Premier Leagues hardest working midfielders and will leave the league a legend. He has definitely been Liverpool’s top-draw box-to-box player over the last 10 seasons and has been a talisman to countless Reds victories. Last season was the closest Gerrard has come to winning the Premier League, but he has lifted the trophies of all the other major competitions in Europe, including the UEFA Champions League in 2005.
This weekend Liverpool are set to play a tough Crystal Palace side, as I’m sure Liverpool are fully aware. Under Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace have been a difficult team to beat and more over have become a difficult team to keep a clean sheet against. This weekend’s game is going to be immense, Palace will want to end on a high, and Liverpool will want to send Gerrard off in a magnificent fashion. Liverpool are pretty much set to finish in 5th place this season, yet are only 4 points clear of Tottenham Hotspurs. I’m sure The Reds are won’t be fooling themselves and will be cautious about giving anything away to a team that essentially has nothing to lose. All we can hope for is a Gerrard goal and a Liverpool win.
In case you have forgotten what the man in Red is capable of, here is a compilation of his best goals from 1998 to 2014: