Rodgers wants Liverpool FA Cup final send off for Gerrard

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants his side to make it all the way to the FA Cup final to give Steven Gerrard a “wonderful send-off”, the BBC is reporting.

It was announced last week that the one club man would be leaving Anfield having sent his entire youth and senior football career with the Reds – with the MLS in America his most likely destination.

But the 34-year-old showed he still has a big part to play in the remainder of his last season with the club as his two goals, including a sumptuous free kick, helped Liverpool overcome a potential banana skin in AFC Wimbledon and into the FA Cup fourth round.

And now Rodgers, who has seen his side knocked out the Champions League and League Cup to add to their current league woes, would like his side to progress all the way to the FA Cup final to give his departing captain a send off he deserves.

He said: “There would be no better way for it to end.

“Steven was outstanding. He gave a brilliant individual performance. He scored two and if he was a more selfish player he might have had a hat-trick.

“He’s a world-class player who might be getting older, and at times the legs fatigue a bit, but he’s absolute top drawer, a top-class player.”

The final in fact lands on the player’s 35th birthday – the 30th of May – and would be the dream send off for him Gerrard claimed.

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