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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has spoken of his pride at making people happy, as he prepares for his testimonial against Olympiakos on Saturday. 

The 33-year-old will celebrate 15 years at Anfield this weekend and explained how pride will be his overriding emotion as he leads out his team. 

"It is a big deal for myself and for my family. They can't wait for the day and it makes me really proud that I'm making that amount of people happy," he told the Liverpool Echo. 

"The older you get and when you realise your career is closing in, you appreciate occasions like this more." 

The England international revealed his happiness surrounding the occasion, revealing he had chances to move away from the club during his career. 

"Testimonials are very rare in the game now because players don't stay around at the same club for long. 

"I had many a chance myself to move but looking back now I am so glad I took the decisions I have made. 

"The connection I've got with the fans has got stronger and stronger. It is going to be an emotional day but one I am looking forward to," he added. 

The midfielder enjoyed one of his greatest moments in a Liverpool shirt against Saturday's opponents, when he scored a superb goal to save them from elimination from the Champions League back in 2005, before they went onto lift the trophy later that season. 

And Gerrard, who has made 630 appearances for the Reds, rates that strike as his favourite goal from his career so far. 

"It feels like it was only yesterday. If I had to pick my favourite goal for connection, timing and the reaction of the crowd - that's the one," concluded Gerrard. 

Liverpool have been at the centre of much transfer talk this summer, as they bid to keep hold of striker Luis Suarez.

Brendan Rodgers is keen to hold onto last season's top scorer, to ensure they can provide a better challenge for the European places when the Premier League gets underway later this month. 

 

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