There’s no question that Steven Gerrard is one of the best players to represent and wear the armband for Liverpool.
The midfielder was the heartbeat for the Merseyside club for the good part of 17 years, making over 700 appearances and scoring 186 goals as Gerrard won everything for the Reds barring the Premier League, which slipped from Liverpool’s grasp in the 2013/14 season in the final games.
A moment in time – Steven Gerrard’s last game for Liverpool
Gerrard is and will always be a Liverpool legend, and when it came time for him to leave the club at the end of the 2014/15 season, fans were hoping the Reds captain would be able to cap off nearly two decades with the team in style.
The former England international’s final Premier League match would be against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, easy enough, right?
If you were to tell a Liverpool fan before the game it was going to be a record-breaking match in many ways, they would have suspected the Reds were about to put Stoke to the sword and give their titan of a captain the send-off he deserved after years of immaculate service.
Oh, how wrong they would be.
Three goals in the space of eight minutes from Stoke saw the Potters 3-0 up heading into the half-hour mark, and two more strikes from former Red Charlie Adam and future France international Steven N’Zonzi in the first half made it 5-0 to the hosts as the teams walked down the tunnel for half-time.
Disbelief, horror, and laughter ran across the stadium. Gerrard, one of the best Premier League midfielders of his generation and a hero to Liverpool Football Club, was on the receiving end of one the worst send-offs in the history of send-offs, surely it couldn’t get any worse?
It got worse.
News came through that Tottenham had taken the lead against Everton, meaning the Reds were likely to finish the season in 6th place and in a Europa League qualifying spot, but on the 70th minute mark, Rickie Lambert put Gerrard through on goal, and as Marc Muniesa gave up on chasing down the midfielder, the Liverpool captain slotted the ball past Asmir Begovic to score in his final game as a Red.
Former Liverpool man Peter Crouch would add a sixth five minute from time, and as the full-time whistle blew, reality had set in that Gerrard’s final ever game for his club was actually a 6-1 loss to Stoke City.
It was the first time in 52 years Liverpool had conceded six goals in the first division and the result meant Stoke finished in the top half of the Premier League table for the first time in years.
It was, quite frankly, the worst possible send-off Gerrard could have ever received, but looking back on it, it could arguably be Liverpool’s last embarrassing result as Jurgen Klopp was brought in the following season and has transformed the club completely from Europa League regulars to two-time Champions League finalists.
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