These quotes from Tom Werner, Liverpool chairman, explain just how valued our skipper is a Liverpool player, icon and legend.
The American was speaking ahead of Gerrard’s final home game, that will take place early this evening against Crystal Palace.
“I don’t see this as goodbye,” Werner told the ECHO, reported here in the Mirror.
“I just see this as the end of a remarkable chapter for Steven in terms of his career at Liverpool.
“I’m very hopeful that Steven will return to the club in another role at some stage in the future and his great association with Liverpool will continue.
“It’s true that I’ve spoken to Steven about coming back. We’ve had some discussions which will remain private but we certainly see him as having an important place in the club’s future.
“There is no specific plan. We will sit down at some point just to talk about what his desires are but we are dedicated to continuing that relationship.”
“We’re respectful, not just of his playing talents and his experience, but also his honesty, wisdom and integrity.
“He’s such a down to earth, humble individual. If you met him on a train and didn’t know who he was, you wouldn’t believe he’s one of the greatest footballers of his generation.
“It’s the values he brings to the club. His dedication and commitment to seeing the club succeed. We want to tap into that.
“John (Henry) and I met him shortly after we were successful in acquiring Liverpool FC,” he said.
“I was struck by his interest in making sure that our dreams for Liverpool matched his own.
“He was delighted we were committed to winning trophies and pleased that we were knowledgeable about the league. He has been very supportive and respectful throughout. He’s been a wonderful captain.
“I’ve had numerous conversations with him about how we can improve the club and I’ve taken on board his comments. I’m privileged to class Steven as a good friend.
“One of the most remarkable parts of his story is his unwavering commitment to one club. The fact he has played 500 Premier League games for Liverpool is some achievement.
“When one talks about loyalty and dedication, he’s the perfect example of that. He could easily have left to join another club but devoted himself to Liverpool because of his love for the club. That’s very special.
“I’ve also been so impressed with his interest in creating important philanthropy. He directly contributes to the wellbeing of the citizens of Liverpool.
“The charity match that took place at Anfield in March, I don’t think anyone else could have attracted such a collection of world class players in the middle of the season.
“The fact that they turned out was a sign of the respect fellow players have for him. It was a real compliment to Steven.”
“What I’ll remember most about Steven is the joy he exhibits after he scores a goal. That grin. That expression of delight,” he said.
“He understands that he’s a servant of the club. That joy stems from the fact that he’s a fan himself.”