Palace ruin Gerrard’s big day
Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s final appearance at Anfield ended in disappointment, as his side could not give him the send-off the occasion demanded in a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
The 34-year-old midfielder bade an emotional goodbye to his spiritual home ahead of his summer move to LA Galaxy.
For the majority of the 44,673 inside the ground the result was not important — but you can guarantee there was one man on the pitch for whom this stung as much as any other defeat.
Adam Lallana’s opener was cancelled out by Jason Puncheon’s free-kick before substitute Wilfried Zaha scored 23 seconds after coming on as a substitute.
Glenn Murray spoiled the Liverpool celebrations of their long-time servant by firing home the rebound after missing an added-time penalty as Palace deservedly left with three points.
Two mosaics — “SG8” in the Kop and “Captain” along the lower tier of the Centenary Stand — as well as a guard of honour paid tribute to one of the club’s greatest players.