Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Photos, Report, Reactions, Scores

LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) — Steven Gerrard’s 354th and final outing for Liverpool at Anfield ended in defeat after the club went down 3-1 to Crystal Palace English Premier League battle.

Results From English Premier League fixtures on May 16

Gerrard, who spent 17-years with the Reds, received a fitting Anfield farewell before kick-off on Saturday, after the midfielder was given a guard of honour ceremony before the English Premier League battle.

The Liverpool and English Premier League legend — playing in his last home game, was well received by his teammates and opposing players from the visiting Crystal Palace club before his last Anfield outing.

The end of an era didn’t finish the way Gerrard and the Reds wanted though, as Crystal Palace dominated the affairs on the pitch.

“The club are in good hands, we’ve got great owners and a fantastic manager in Brendan (Rodgers). There’s unbelievable potential in the squad,” Gerrard said, speaking on the pitch after the match.

“I’m sure there will be some new signings in the coming weeks, but looking round the dressing room, I love the players in there to death. I wish them every success in the future.”

It was Liverpool who got on the scoresheet first though, as midfielder Adam Lallana took advantage of some poor defending by Crystal Palace to fire into the top corner of the goal in the 26th minute.

However, the hosts never got going after they scored and the Eagles took advantage by grabbing an equalizer when Jason Puncheon fired home from a free-kick, two-minutes before the halftime break.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case said on BBC Radio Merseyside: “Liverpool haven’t so much as laboured through that first-half, but they’ve not stretched Crystal Palace enough.

“They’ve almost taken their foot off the gas after the opening goal and said what will be, will be.”

And that attitude saw them paying after the break.

After the interval, Wilfred Zaha, who came on as a substitute for Lee Chung-yong, made an immediate impact, after he scored 22 seconds of entering the pitch — guiding home a cross from Yannick Bolasie, who brilliantly worked his way into delivering the assist.

Bolasie could have added a third for Palace six-minutes later, but after he superbly run into the box and cut inside, he saw his strike smashed against the bar.

The visitors did get their third though, after Glenn Murray pounced first to put back his own penalty miss, which initially was saved by Simon Mignolet in the 90th minute.

Zaha was brought down by Liverpool holding midfielder Lucas and the referee gave penalty kick.

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha celebrates with his manager for Crystal Palace. Linked

Gerrard makes his final appearance at Anfield and was greeted warmly by the supporters, who were determined to give their club icon a proper sending off.

Gerrard will join U.S. Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season. He makes his 709th Liverpool appearance after deciding against joining the likes of European powerhouse Real Madrid and Chelsea during the prime stages of his career.

It was only recently that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted that he tried to sign Gerrard while he was the manager at Real Madrid and also during his first stint with the Blues.

An emotional Gerrard added: “I’d like to thank everyone at the club who’s helped me over the last 17 years, from top to bottom.

“I’d like to thank all the staff who have helped me, and all the ex-players I’ve played alongside.

“But most of all, I’d like to thank the fans. These supporters here stand out more than any. I’ve played in front of most supporters around the world, but you are the best.”

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