Crystal Palace star Dann full of praise for Liverpool captain Gerrard

Steven Gerrard In 2014

The two sides go head-to-head on Saturday in Steven Gerrard's final appearance at Anfield, and Scott Dann is hoping that his side can spoil the party.

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has been praising Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to his club’s official website.

Palace take on Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon in what will be Gerrard’s final appearance for the Reds on home soil.

He is, of course, heading to America to join MLS side La Galaxy at the end of the season, bringing to an end his life long association with his boyhood club. It has been a long farewell for the Reds legend since announcing the move in January, and Dann has now added his voice to those singing the praises of a Premier League legend.

“He's probably, in my opinion, one of the best, if not the best, there's been in the Premier League,” he said.

“He's carried the club and been a massive player. I think he's been one of the best. There's a lot said about them not winning the title, but he's won some big trophies and he's done it sometimes by himself.”

Any suggestion that Crystal Palace will be turning up on Merseyside this weekend prepared to roll over on Gerrard's big day is wide of the mark, though.

It was the Eagles who arguably ruined Liverpool’s title chances last year, coming back from 3-0 down to secure a memorable 3-3 draw late in the campaign that offered Manchester City the chance to pip Brendan Rodgers' side at the post.

And Dann, who is a boyhood Liverpool fan, says he and his teammates are keen to put in another positive display on Saturday as they look to return to winning ways after four consecutive defeats.

"We're all professionals and I'll be going there wanting to win and get these three points with a good performance,” he added.

"I think it's important because we've lost four on the bounce now, even though we've played well in our last two games, we've come away with no points and I think it's important that we finish the season on a high."

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