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Steven Gerrard admits his favourite stadium he has ever played at is Anfield, despite playing at the world's best football arenas throughout his career.

The 34-year-old played his final game for Liverpool during today's loss to Stoke City and will now leave for MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy. During his monumental vocation Gerrard has played at a number of world class stadiums including the Nou Camp, the Santiago Bernabeu, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium.

Gerrard's love

However, the atmosphere and memories provided at Anfield is the reason why it tops Gerrard's list.

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"You know there’s bigger stadiums out there and there’s some wonderful atmospheres," the midfielder said during his an upcoming LFC TV documentary.

"There are some giant clubs out there where I’ve played and I’ve enjoyed the experience but, all my memories and great feelings that I’ve had in my career, the majority of them have been at Anfield.

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"I’ve had some bad ones as well, that’ll live with me. But some of my best nights and my best performances have been here so it’ll always have a special place in my heart.

"I remember Chelsea in the semi-final of the Champions League.

"The reason I remember that is because usually when we go out for a warm-up it’s probably a quarter full, and it’s filling up as the warm-up’s going ahead.

"But for Chelsea, as soon as we went out 45 minutes before kick-off the stadium was bouncing and I’ve never witnessed an atmosphere or a noise like it.

"The feelings I was getting inside my body were incredible."

Anfield Atmosphere

Traditionally through the decades, Anfield has been a stadium known for its electric atmosphere. In 1977, Liverpool met St. Etienne in the quarter-final of the Champions League and after trailing 1-0 after the first-leg, the Reds came back to win the clash 3-1.

That March night, Anfield was flooded with supporters and the famous Kop was rammed full with supporters cheering on their team.

The 2005 Champions League semi-final against Chelsea was another fine evening, likewise two years later when they met the Blues in the same circumstances once again. Gerrard has had his name bellowed from the crowd throughout his career and has provided Kopites with a number of fantastic memories.

From Istanbul in 2005, when his header started the Reds' comeback against AC Milan, to his two late strikes in the FA Cup final against West Ham United in 2006, he has firmly written himself into Anfield history after making over 700 appearances.

Replacement

With Gerrard leaving his boyhood club, Liverpool now have to find a replacement. Jordan Henderson is set to take over the captaincy from Gerrard, however, he still has a lot to learn and must improve on his effort this year.

Despite netting six goals he has to become more of a presence within the centre of the park and start grabbing games by the scruff of the neck. Emre Can was purchased last summer for £10 million and looks a prospect who could take over in midfield. The Germany Under-21 international has playing in defence for the majority of the season, however, his true future is further up the field.

It's likely Brendan Rodgers will also bring in a new recruit this transfer window. Sami Khedira is set to leave Real Madrid this summer and has been linked to Liverpool. Although he is more of a defensive midfielder, he would be a top addition to Reds' squad.

Another midfielder who would be a positive addition to the tean is Yohan Cabaye. The Frenchman has rarely featured for Paris Saint-Germain since moving from Newcastle United in 2013 but would fit well into Rodgers' side.

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