How Twitter reacted to Steven Gerrard’s painful Anfield farewell

After the intensity of the most drawn out farewell in sports was dialled up this past week, Steven Gerrard would have yearned for kickoff in his final Anfield appearance as a Liverpool player, if only so that he could stop talking about it.

By the time the final whistle was blown, Crystal Palace must have had the former England midfielder scrambling around for a time machine, so he could go back and try and finish the way he’d planned: on a high.

Alan Pardew’s side finished as 3-1 victors over Brendan Rodgers’ out-of-sorts side, reminding the Kop that this was in fact a top-flight fixture and not an exhibition.

As Gerrard’s dream of a goal-scoring send off ebbed away, Twitter reacted in customarily sarcastic fashion:

Before the chain-yanking, though, Gerrard received a heroes entrance. With the players from both clubs giving him a guard of honour:

Anfield was a wall-to-wall tribute board to their great captain:

Old habits, die hard:

As all around him felt the emotion, somehow the man himself held it together:

As you’d expect, though, the away fans were keen to have their say:

Current and former teammates flooded Twitter with their support:

The Liverpool skipper tried, in vain, to rescue something for his side, but found his shooting radar had gone awry:

By the end, even Gerrard knew it was time to go:

But still expressed his sadness at the end of an era:

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.