Liverpool’s official website has released a series of quotes from Steven Gerrard ahead of a special documentary programme on our outgoing captain, which airs for the first time on Saturday at 7.30pm BST on LFCTV.
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It was here, that Gerrard gave a glowing review of the stadium which has been his home for the last 17 years. The 34-year-old played his final game there in a Liverpool shirt last Saturday, during the defeat to Crystal Palace, which was followed by an emotional goodbye to the Anfield faithful.
Gerrard, the veteran of over 700 games for Liverpool and over 100 games for England, has played in some of the most amazing stadiums all over the world, but insists that the one populated by the red half of Merseyside remains by far his favourite.
He said: “You know there’s bigger stadiums out there and there’s some wonderful atmospheres. There are some giant clubs out there where I’ve played and I’ve enjoyed the experience but, all my memories and great feelings that I’ve had in my career, the majority of them have been here.
“I’ve had some bad ones as well, that’ll live with me. But some of my best nights and my best performances have been here so it’ll always have a special place in my heart. I remember Chelsea in the semi-final of the Champions League.
“The reason I remember that is because usually when we go out for a warm-up it’s probably a quarter full, and it’s filling up as the warm-up’s going ahead. But for Chelsea, as soon as we went out 45 minutes before kick-off the stadium was bouncing and I’’e never witnessed an atmosphere or a noise like it.
“The feelings I was getting inside my body were incredible.”
Stoke City will play host to Gerrard’s final Liverpool game on Sunday, as our legendary skipper looks to sign off on a high before his move to the MLS, where he will of course join LA Galaxy.