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Gerrard ready for Liverpool farewell - Rodgers

Steven Gerrard is on his way. Credit: PA

Headlines about Raheem Sterling's contract issues and the prospect of Liverpool losing a star player this summer have deflected attention from the departure of one of the club's true greats.

There was, quite correctly, great fanfare surrounding Steven Gerrard's final match at Anfield last week but Sunday's trip to Stoke will be the midfielder's 710th and final appearance for the Reds.

He'll be very able.

I'm sure for Steven it's been a huge relief. Leading into your last game at Anfield, which has been his home for 17 years, there was probably a whole load of emotion.

Unfortunately our performance level wasn't what we expected (they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace) but I think the crowd and the supporters recognised the moment and gave him a great send-off.

So I'm sure for him it's a huge sigh of relief and he has worked well this week concentrating on Sunday's game.

– Brendan Rodgers


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