Arsène Wenger has paid tribute to Steven Gerrard ahead of the Liverpool midfielder’s final game at Anfield on Saturday.
The former England captain has made 708 appearances in his 17-year spell at the Merseyside club and is set to join LA Galaxy at the end of this season.
Gerrard has helped his side lift two FA Cups, three League Cups and a Champions League trophy, and Wenger praised him for his contribution to English football ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Crystal Palace.
“I would just like to pay tribute to him for a fantastic career,” the manager said. “For me he is a fantastic player and I would also like to do it because he has remained loyal to his club for his whole career.
“You don’t see that a lot, especially for that kind of quality player he was. It is a special day for English football, for Steven Gerrard and English football, because as well he was a great player for the national team.
“It would have been difficult for him to stay for such a long time at Liverpool and go somewhere else [in the Premier League],” added Wenger. “It is better maybe for him to promote football in America.”