Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard refused to sign a Los Angeles Galaxy shirt presented by one plucky Reds supporter in the aftermath of his farewell appearance at Anfield on Saturday, stating he wouldn't be putting his name to anything relating to the MLS club until after he's moved to North America.
The 34-year-old's final home game on Merseyside was marred by a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace, but the majority of fans present for the Premier League encounter didn't mind as they were just there to give the club legend a fitting send-off.
Gerrard received an overwhelming reception before and after the game as followers paid tribute to the soon-to-be-departing midfielder at the end of season clash, thanking him for everything he's contributed since making his debut in 1998.
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However, despite the warm response he received from everyone in the ground the former England skipper still didn't let his guard down when one Liverpool supporter tried to seize an opportunity to secure the first signed LA Galaxy shirt by Gerrard.
"Sign that one Steven, go on mate. Sign that one there," pleaded the fan off-camera as the veteran made his way off the pitch. “I’m not signing the LA Galaxy one until I’m there,” was his no-nonsense response.
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Many expected the emotion of the day to get the better of Gerrard, but on the whole he appeared to cope well, taking the unique experience in his stride. The presence of his three girls as mascots represented another nice touch by the club, keen to show exactly how much he's meant to them over the years.
Of course, there is still one game left to play as Brendan Rodgers's side travel to Stoke City on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign knowing that victory at the Britannia Stadium will guarantee them a fifth place finish in the table.
With Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton breathing down their necks the Reds are still not guaranteed qualification for the Europa League next term, which is the next best thing they can hope for after missing out on the top four and with it a place in the Champions League.
Rodgers will already be thinking about how Liverpool can bounce back and challenge again next year, but the thought of doing that without Gerrard is, at the present moment, a very daunting task indeed.
Liverpool fans: You can watch footage of Steven Gerrard refusing to sign an LA Galaxy shirt in the video above - and have your say in the comment box provided how you think the club will cope without its inspirational captain...
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