Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the midfielder gears up for his final Anfield match, reports the Daily Express.
The Frenchman is particularly impressed with the way the 34-year-old has stayed with the Reds throughout his 17 year career to date. However, this is set to end when the former England international moves to LA Galaxy in the summer. He may still return to the Reds on a temporary deal in the same way that Frank Lampard has gone to Manchester City after joining New York City this season.
Wenger said: “I would like to pay tribute to a fantastic career. For me he was an absolutely fantastic player. He has remained loyal to his club for his whole career and we don’t see that a lot, especially that kind of quality of player.
“It is a special day for English football because he was also a great player for the English national team.”
Gerrard’s final home fixture will be against Crystal Palace on Saturday. It is likely to be an emotional occasions for the Anfield faithful and the player himself after his 706 appearances and 183 goals for the Merseyside club.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to be going all out for the victory in order to give his captain an apt send off. However, they will want to avoid a repeat of last season, when the Eagles beat them to all but end their Premier League title challenge.