Steven Gerrard Farewell At Anfield

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Liverpool FC supporters bade farewell to their inspirational captain Steven Gerrard as he stepped onto the hallowed Anfield turf for the final time today.  

Gerrard, who joined the club aged nine, emerged from the tunnel with his three daughters Lilly-Ella 11, Lexie, nine, and Lourdes, three, as his team-mates and opponents Crystal Palace formed a guard of honour.
The heartbeat of the club for more than a decade, Gerrard made 709 appearances for his boyhood team, scoring 185 goals and winning 10 trophies.
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Inspirational: Liverpool fans hold aloft their banners and signs to adorn their talisman Steven Gerrard, who plays at Anfield for the final time
Leader: Liverpool's legendary captain Gerrard steps on the Anfield turf with his three daughters, Lilly-Ella 11, Lexie, nine, and Lourdes, three
Tribute: Gerrard, with his three daughters, is faced by the Kop, a sea of red and white, with their 'S8G' tribute to their inspirational captain
Kopite through and through: Gerrard looks up at the the famous stand's tribute to him, with the words to the song 'Steven Gerrard is our captain, Steven Gerrard is a red' running along the bottom of it
Last time: Liverpool FC's famous number eight touches the 'This is Anfield' sign in the stadium's tunnel for the final time
In his final bow today, the darling of the Kop touched the 'This is Anfield' sign with his youngest daughter under his arm before soaking up the vociferous Anfield atmosphere for the last time.
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As he fought back tears, the Kop, a sea of red and white, roared his name and held up signs and banners saluting their favourite son.
To mark the momentous occasion, the Kop created a 'S 8 G' for Gerrard, while the Centenary Stand simply read: 'Captain'.
His wife, Alex Curran, was seen wiping away tears under her sunglasses.  
The songs played before the game captured the mood, with tracks including 'No More Heroes' by The Stranglers, 'Come Back' by the Mighty Wah, 'It Must Have Been Love But It's Over Now' by Roxette and 'It's the End of the World As We Know It' by REM.
The match day programme featured a picture of Gerrard on the front cover with the poignant words: 'I've lived my life for Liverpool FC - it's been a privilege to captain our club.'  
His farewell game ended on a disappointing note, with Liverpool losing 3-1 following two late goals from the London club.

 
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Leader: Gerrard, with his captain's armband on, shakes hands with the Crystal Palace players before his emotional final bow 
Famous: Gerrard joined the club as a nine-year-old and went on to captain the side and play 708 games for his beloved team
The Greatest: A sign held by the Liverpool pays tribute to arguably the best player to wear the Liverpool shirt 
Complete midfielder: The Liverpool captain whips in a free kick in today's final swansong at Anfield, which ended 3-1 to Crystal Palace
Celebration: The Liverpool and Crystal Palace make a guard of honour for the Liverpool's talisman and legendary captain
Tears: Gerrard's wife, Alex, wipes away tears as the Kop salute their heartbeat and iconic figure
All over: Gerrard's last game ended in disappointment, but the Liverpool captain has enjoyed a glittering career at his beloved club
United: The rest of the Liverpool squad wear 'Gerrard, 8' shirts to honour their captain who made his final Anfield bow today
Moving on: Gerrard, with his three daughters, will move to LA Galaxy in June after an illustrious career at Liverpool 
Irreplaceable: The Liverpool captain applauds the fans, who he described as being the 'best in the world' after the match
As he bade farewell to the supporters today, Gerrard said: 'It felt very strange.

I've been dreading this moment and I'm absolutely devastated I won't be playing in front of these supporters again.   
'I have to save my last thank you to these supporters who stand out more than any of them', he added before he was interrupted as the Anfield faithful broke into another song in tribute to their skipper.
'The very first time I ran out in front of The Kop, I'll never forget that.

The first time I played for Liverpool was a dream come true. Everything after that was a bonus.
'I'd like to thank everyone at the club who's helped me over the last 17 years, from top to bottom.
I'd like to thank all the staff who have helped me, and all the ex-players I've played alongside.
'But most of all, I'd like to thank the fans. These supporters here stand out more than any.

I've played in front of most supporters around the world, but you are the best.'  
In a glittering career, Gerrard made his Liverpool first team debut in 1998, and was named as club captain in 2003, a position he held for the next 12 years. 
He went on to win two FA Cups, three League Cups, 10timing.com one Champions League, one UEFA Cup and two UEFA Super Cups.
His first goal in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul against AC Milan inspired Liverpool's famous comeback and he was named man of the match in that most extraordinary game.
The following year, his stoppage time 35-yard wonder goal (as he battled through cramp) against West Ham took the FA Cup Final into extra time, which Liverpool went on to win in a penalty shootout.
Gerrard, who also won 114 caps for England, will follow in David Beckham's footsteps when he joins Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy next month.   
Iconic: A Liverpool fan looks over the Gerrard merchandise available before kick-off in his final appearance at Anfield
Heroic: Gerrard masks were for sale as well as flags outside of Anfield as the club's fans waved their hero off in style
Sea of red: A shop front is covered by Gerrard memorabilia for sale ahead of the kick-off with Crystal Palace at Anfield 

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Skipper: A Gerrard scarf for sale in LA Galaxy colours as the captain prepares to join the Major League Soccer outfit next month
Cherished memories: Framed photographs of the Liverpool captain were on sale outside Anfield ahead of kick-off
Simply the best: Pins that read 'The Legend Stevie G' were up for sale ahead of the match with Crystal Palace
Thanks Stevie: The match day programme featuring an image of Gerrard on its front cover with the words: 'I've lived my life for Liverpool FC - it's been a privilege to captain our club' 
Memories: A supporter reads a copy of Liverpool FC magazine also emblazoned with the image of the club's beloved skipper 
 
  




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