Impossible for Liverpool to replace Gerrard, admits Rodgers

The 34-year-old made his final Anfield appearance in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace and his manager says he will leave a monumental void

It will be impossible for Liverpool to replace departing captain Steven Gerrard, according to Brendan Rodgers.

Gerrard thanked an emotional Anfield crowd after making his final appearance in front of the Kop on Saturday, but hopes of a fairytale ending were shattered as Crystal Palace ran out 3-1 winners.

The 34-year-old midfielder is joining MLS outfit LA Galaxy this summer after a 17-year professional career on Merseyside that has yielded every major honour bar the Premier League, and Rodgers admits his captain will leave a monumental void.

“I have always said he is a player and a person who is irreplaceable with the standard he has set and what he has done here,” the Liverpool boss told reporters. “We will have to plot a way to improve in the summer, and that is our challenge.

“In my time here, we have lost a couple of players in Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard. Those two players in the Premier League years here have been monumental.

“Throw in a world-class player like Luis Suarez and of course it is difficult, but we will rise to the challenge.

“He got a wonderful send-off and did everything right until the very end. The support he got was absolutely brilliant and what they would expect of him.

“He has been a wonderful player and gave his all for the club. It was fantastic for him and his family.”