Spurs legend honours 'football icon' Gerrard after Liverpool winner

Steven Gerrard has just one more Anfield appearance to come, and Garth Crooks saluted the Liverpool skipper after his performance against QPR.

Former Tottenham and Stoke legend Garth Crooks paid tribute to Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, suggesting in his BBC Team of the Week article this weekend that the Reds captain had likely made his elite eleven in more weeks than any other player.

The BBC pundit was full of praise for the Liverpool favourite, who may have netted his last goal for the Reds as he moves into his last three games at the club.

Crooks stated how pleased he was that Gerrard's missed penalty wouldn't steal the headlines on what was his penultimate match at Anfield, with the former England captain heading past Rob Green late on to seal all three points for Brendan Rodgers side.

"A missed penalty is no way for a football legend to leave a club - particularly one where he has had such a significant impact," wrote Crooks on the BBC Sport site. "So I was particularly pleased to see Steven Gerrard's header fly into the net, even though Liverpool's 2-1 victory has probably condemned QPR to a season in the Championship.

"As the former England captain prepares to exchange Liverpool for LA Galaxy, he looks a player who still has so much to offer.

"May I doff my hat to a football icon who, over the years, has probably appeared in my team of the week more times than any other player. It has been a real pleasure."

Incredibly, Gerrard is joint top goalscorer with 11 goals with Raheem Sterling, despite having missed several chunks of the season through injury and suspension.

The Liverpool skipper's QPR winner was his first header since an effort against Everton last year, and was Gerrard's 184th goal of an Anfield career that has spanned 707 games.

What Crooks, and many Reds fans will find hard to believe, is that that total is set to end no higher than 710 games.

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