Brendan Rodgers describes Steven Gerrard as 'Liverpool'

Gerrard taking a corner

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had his press conference dominated by tributes to outgoing captain Steven Gerrard, who plays his last game at Anfield against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said, in comments covered by the club website, that if he had to describe Steven Gerrard in one word it would be: 'Liverpool'.

Ahead of the Reds skipper's last game at Anfield tomorrow against Crystal Palace, Rodgers was full of praise for the Liverpool legend who will depart the club at the end of the season and head to the USA to play for MLS side LA Galaxy.

With Gerrard in line to play for the last time for the Reds, naturally the pre-match press conference for Rodgers was dominated by him paying tribute to the 34-year-old, not just for his work on the field, but what he has done for the city off it.

He said: "The one word I would describe him as is Liverpool. Not just Liverpool as a football club and the supporters, but his city.

"He loves his city. Liverpool is his home. This is his place and the people he loves. What he has given to this city politicians haven't given.

"Local hospitals, charities, all the work that he does is unheard of really.

"So to describe Steven I would say Liverpool."

With Gerrard departing in the summer, thoughts have inevitably turned to how he will be replaced ahead of next season and beyond, and although Rodgers wouldn't be drawn into debating the club's transfer policy, he described the kind of job he would have in trying to cover the loss of the man who has been the club's talisman for well over a decade.

The Liverpool boss said: “He is one of the very few genuine world class players who is around the game.

“He is irreplaceable in what he is, but we have to keep moving forward as a club and a team.”

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