Liverpool skipper Gerrard 'devastated' after Anfield farewell

An impressive Crystal Palace denied the 34-year-old a fairytale win on his final appearance as Reds captain in front of the Kop, after which he thanked an emotional crowd
Steven Gerrard says he is "devastated" to have played his final game at Anfield after Liverpool's 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Goals from Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray denied Gerrard a fairytale victory in his last game as Reds captain in front of the Kop, as well as ending the club's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

But at the final whistle the result was forgotten as Anfield serenaded its departing skipper, who addressed the crowd as he prepares to join MLS champions LA Galaxy this summer.

"It felt very strange," Gerrard admitted of his final home appearance. "I've been dreading this moment.

"I'm going to miss it so much. I've loved every minute of it and I'm absolutely devastated I'm not going to play in front of these supporters again."

Gerrard went on to pay tribute to to everyone at Liverpool who has helped him succeed since making his first team debut in November 1998.

"First and foremost I want to thank everyone at the club whose helped me over the last 17 years," he continued.

"From top to bottom there's too many people to name. I'd like to thank all my team-mates today, and the squad, even the players that didn't get on. All the ex-players that I've played with over the years, they've made me the player I am today.

"But I have to save my last thank you to the most important people at any football club but these supporters stand out more than anything I've experienced.

"Just before I go, before the tears come... I've played in front of most supporters around the world but let me tell you, you are the best. Thank you very much, all the best."