Saturday 16th May 2015, Anfield. Live on Sky Sports 1. Kick-Off 5:30pm.
Steven Gerrard will take to the historic Anfield field for the last time when Liverpool host Crystal Palace in their last home game of the campaign.
The idolised Reds captain has spent his entire career at the club but a move to Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy looms in the summer. Saturday’s outing will be his final Anfield bow and he will be hoping to build upon his strike last weekend that secured an impressive 1-1 draw at champions Chelsea.
“It’s going to be difficult to let go,” he said.
“It’s exciting to know I will be trying something different, playing in another league and getting to see a lot of a great country like America.
“At the same time, I’m emotional and I know these final few weeks will be tough.
“I just don’t know what is going to happen after my last game at Anfield against Crystal Palace.
“All I know is it will be a hugely emotional day for me when my Liverpool career comes to an end after so long.
“My relationship with Liverpool doesn’t end though. I’m hoping I’ll return to the club in some capacity one day.
“If that’s not to be, then I’ll always come back as a supporter.”
Crystal Palace have secured their Premier League status for another term but will be aiming to end a four game unbeaten run which has seen them score just once.
Defeats against West Brom, Hull, Chelsea and Manchester United has seen them slide to 12th but are comfortable out of the relegation dog-fight. Despite their poor run of results, Eagles forward Glen Murray saw the positives from their performances.
“I’m disappointed, but I felt like we’d done enough to get something out of the game. I felt we were back on it and we performed quite well as a team” the 31-year-old told the Croydon Guardian.
“We were a bit disappointed with ourselves in the first two games of this four-game run, but we have been up against good teams in the past two games.
“The league never lies and we were playing the champions so it was going to be difficult, but on Saturday, although we were back on it, we were up against a good Man United team.”
A winning end to Gerrard’s Anfield era would be perfect and at 1/2 it would be a safe bet against a struggling Palace side. Another consideration would be for Gerrard to score considering he is likely to step up to the spot if Liverpool are awarded a penalty, he can be backed to score at anytime at 2/1 with SkyBet.
Liverpool to win 1/2
Gerrard to score anytime 2/1 (SkyBet)