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Rickie Lambert cherished playing with Steven Gerrard

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Rickie Lambert admits he's relished playing alongside Steven Gerrard for Liverpool and he will be missed at the club.

Gerrard made his final appearance at Anfield last Saturday against Crystal Palace before he moves to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season after making over 700 appearances for the Merseyside outfit.

The Reds couldn't give the 34-year-old a memorable farewell as they were thrashed 3-1 by Alan Pardew's men.

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However, following the game, Gerrard was given a superb send-off by his team-mates, ex-players and the fans who've all been a massive part of his career.

And although Lambert believes that Liverpool were not good enough on the field, he feels Gerrard's send-off was unforgettable and has cherished playing alongside the former England captain.

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"It's only been one year but I've watched him all my life so to play with him is incredible and something I'll always treasure," the former Southampton man told Liverpoolfc.com.

"It's [a day] you can tell your kids about when they're older, it's been emotional. It's not the best result but it's not about that, it's about the years [Stevie] has spent here.

"To be a part of it in a little way is unbelievable and the fans here can say they were here to see his last game at Anfield. I still can't believe it.

"The [fans] have always had a bit of class about them. It's the best club in the world and it's because of the fans. The send off he's getting is fitting of Liverpool, it's brilliant to see."

Tribute

Gerrard's send-off following the defeat to Palace was something that will be remembered by every Kopite for years to come.

Prior to game, people were willing to pay hundreds of pounds to witness the Huyton-native's final appearance at Anfield and more importantly, give him a farewell he deserved.

Since making his debut in 1998, the midfielder has given everything for the team he grew up supporting and has become arguably the club's greatest ever player. At times, he's carried the Reds through thick and thin and won games single-handedly.

His performance in the 2006 FA Cup final was sensational and his two late goals took the match to extra-time and Liverpool went on to win on penalties.

Gerrard named his debut has his most memorable appearance on a Red shirt, but, Champions League triumph in 2005 can't be far behind. Liverpool unbelievably lifted Europe's elite club competition, beating Juventus and Chelsea on the way to setting a final up against AC Milan.

Milan were heavy favourites and were 3-0 up at half-time, but, a Gerrard header inspired a comeback and Liverpool were crowned champions of Europe for the fifth time when they won on penalties.

Lambert Future

Like Gerrard, Lambert has also felt the passion representing the club he grew up supporting.

The Kirkby-native was released from Liverpool at 15 as a schoolboy and after a career playing for Stockport County and Maccelsfield Town, he moved to the Reds from Southampton for £4 million, 17 years after leaving.

It was a dream move for Lambert, however, it hasn't been the fairytale he expected.

He's made just a handful of starts for Brendan Rodgers' side and sat on the bench for most of his Anfield career and he may leave the club this summer. 

In January, Aston Villa put a £5 million bid in for Lambert, however, he opted to fight for his place at Anfield. That hasn't happened and now it's likely he'll leave the club and there will be a host of Premier League club's racing for his signature.

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