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Summary

  1. Gerrard's final game at Anfield ends in defeat
  2. Composed Lallana finish puts Reds ahead
  3. Puncheon replies with 20-yard free-kick
  4. Substitute Zaha prods Palace in front
  5. Murray scores rebound after missing penalty

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Farewell to a legend

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Steven Gerrard
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It's a lovely night in Liverpool. But the sun has gone down on Steven Gerrard's Anfield career. It wasn't the home send off Gerrard dreamed off but the Reds icon can still help his side win at Stoke next week. Thanks for your company.

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And here's a nice touch from Crystal Palace....

Crystal Palace: "Congratulations to Steven Gerrard on a wonderful career with @LFC. All the best for the future from all at @CPFC."

Bellew's heartbreaker

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Steven Gerrard
Tony Bellew

British cruiserweight boxer and proud Evertonian Tony Bellew

posts on Instagram:"My eldest boy was star struck meeting Steven! Broke my heart many a time but can't deny what a great footballer the lad is and a true role model for upcoming footballers and Scousers especially."

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Match of the Day

Match of the Day pundit

Alan Shearer tweets: There are good players and then there are great players. Good luck to Steven Gerrard, one of the great English players of our generation.

Gerrard's last Anfield appearance

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Steven Gerrard (right)
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Steven got a wonderful send off and he gave everything right to the end. He was the one who was driving us forward in the game and I though the support was absolutely brilliant, which is what you would expect. It was fantastic for him and his family but obviously the result and performance was disappointing."

Palace reaction

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew speaking to Match of the Day: "Against Manchester United and Chelsea we were excellent. We played at the same level today and the breaks fell our way. The balance of the side was held by Marouane Chamakh and well supported by the runners in midfield. Yannick Bolasie has that power and fear factor in him that scares defenders and it was a really top performance from him and us."

Mario's written farewell

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In a world full of social media, mobile phones, email, Periscope (if you've not heard of it, give it a Google), what better way to say goodbye to someone than with a hand-written letter.

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli

That's exactly what Mario Balotelli has produced for Steven Gerrard. The Italian calls playing with his captain an "amazing and unforgettable experience". "You are a great man and cool captain," he adds. "It is a pleasure to leave free kicks and penalties to you."

Gerrard's last dance...

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One last go. One final foray around turf he once only dreamed of gracing. And boy oh boy, has he graced it.

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Gerrard had 68 touches, played 53 passes, completing 85%, made two interceptions and one tackle.

Let's hope he soaked them all up.

'Steven is irreplaceable'

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Steven Gerrard
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Steven is a player and a person who is irreplaceable in terms of what he has given over his time here. The standards he has set have been second to none. We now go forward at the end of the season without him and try to find a way to improve. That's our challenge."

'I'd come back in an emergency'

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Steven Gerrard speaking to Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: "I wanted to say goodbye in a proper way - the only way I'd ever come back would be an emergency situation, but I hope I'm not needed come the winter."

On being a future manager: "You have to be good enough. This is a big club and can be brutal at times. I'm trying to go through the coaching badges and it's a bridge I will cross in a couple of years."

Tonight's running order

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Match of the Day running order
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Palace reaction

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "You have to admire the stadium as the emotion of the occasion wasn't going to stop them from celebrating Stevie. That was a really nice moment and an honour to be here. Words don't really conduct the feeling for Stevie across the country. Today we respect what he's done for both Liverpool and England and I'm sure he'll go on to better things in the USA and in coaching."

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (left)
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "In my time here we have lost two players who have played 700 games in Jamie Carragher and now Steven. They have been monumental players for this club and you throw in losing a world-class player like Luis Suarez. This is the challenge but we have to rise to it."

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Steven Gerrard says he will never forget this day - and neither will Crystal Palace. This is their first league win at Anfield since November 1991.

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Steve Gerrard, speaking to Match of the Day's Gary Lineker: "It was very emotional - an unbelievable send off. I'm very proud looking back at the last 17 years, but me being who I am, I'm disappointed in the team performance. Palace were fantastic and spoiled the party if you like. I will never forget this day - it's a day I've been dreading it, because I will miss it so much."

'There won't be a dry eye in the house'

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MOTD's Alan Green at Anfield

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"All supporters, of whatever persuasion, should acknowledge we are witnessing the departure of a true legend of English football, not least because, like John Terry at Chelsea and Gary Neville at Manchester United, Steven Gerrard has been a one-club man.

"Don't expect to see too many more of their ilk."

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon, talking to Sky Sports: "I grew up watching Steven Gerrard on Match of the Day. To play on the same pitch as him is some honour. It was great to be part of such a huge occasion."

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Steven Gerrard to BBC Sport: "It was very emotional. I'm slightly disappointed with the team performance but credit to Crystal Palace. They spoilt the party. This is a day I will never ever forget. I've been in this city for a long time and it's time for a little break. Hopefully I will be welcomed back one day."

When Gerrard ruled Anfield...

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Steven Gerrard
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Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports: "Steven has basically been the fan on the pitch. Every kid who grows up wants to be Steven Gerrard."

Fans and players tribute to Steven Gerrard
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Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is being interviewed by a television crew.

"We didn't do Steven justice today," he says.

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Steven Gerrard, speaking on the pitch after the match: "It felt very strange today. I've been dreading this moment because I'm going to miss it so much. I've loved every minute, and I'm devastated I'm never going to play in front of these supporters again.

"It's very difficult to pick one moment. The very first time I ran out in front of The Kop, I'll never forget that. The first time I played for Liverpool was a dream come true. Everything after that was a bonus."

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Everyone wants a picture with Gerrard. Martin Skrtel's son does a thumbs up sign as Gerrard has his picture taken with the Slovakia defender.

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Steven Gerrard
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Credit to the Crystal Palace fans who have stayed behind and are applauding Steven Gerrard. The midfielder has completed his lap of Anfield but he remains out on the pitch. He is soaking in every last second...

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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There are still thousands of supporters inside Anfield a full half an hour after the final whistle.

Liverpool's players and their families are now posing for one last photograph with Steven Gerrard on the pitch.

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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And here come the tears. It's not Liverpool's captain who is shedding them. It appears the occasion has overwhelmed Gerrard's three-year-old daughter Lourdes.

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BBC Radio Merseyside

Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case: "Irrespective of the result, it was always going to be an emotional situation like this. It's been an absolute privilege to watch him over all these years. As Brendan Rodgers said earlier in the week, he could have moved to any number of clubs in the world at various stages of his career, but he's stayed here and it's been a joy to watch him."

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Gerrard is now signing autographs..and what's this he has just been presented with? One fan reaches over to pass him what looks like a golden training shoe. Gerrard takes it before shaking the fans's hand. Another supporter passes him a bunch of flowers which Gerrard passes to one of his daughters.

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Steven Gerrard applauds the Kop
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Emotional scenes as Steven Gerrard stops in front of The Kop. He gathers his daughters together. "You'll Never Walk Alone" sing the fans.

Gerrard's last Anfield match

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Steven Gerrard, speaking on the pitch after the match: "I'd like to thank everyone at the club who's helped me over the last 17 years, from top to bottom. I'd like to thank all the staff who have helped me, and all the ex-players I've played alongside.

"But most of all, I'd like to thank the fans. These supporters here stand out more than any. I've played in front of most supporters around the world, but you are the best."

Gerrard's last Anfield game

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Steven Gerrard, speaking on the pitch after the match: "The club are in good hands, we've got great owners and a fantastic manager in Brendan. There's unbelievable potential in the squad.

"I'm sure there will be some new signings in the coming weeks, but looking round the dressing room, I love the players in there to death. I wish them every success in the future."

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Three-year-old Lourdes is getting a piggyback off her dad as the Liverpool captain makes his way around Anfield. The banners are still out in the Kop. One simply reads: "Well done, lad".

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Steven Gerrard and his daughters
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Steven Gerrard is addressing his adoring Anfield public for the last time.

"I have to save my last thank you to these supporters who stand out more than any of them," he says before The Kop breaks out into another song in tribute of their captain.

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"Sadly, ladies and gentlemen, all good things come to an end," says the pitch side announcer.

Steven Gerrard walks out with his three daughters to a huge reception.

"It felt very strange. I've been dreading this moment and I'm absolutely devastated I won't be playing in front of these supporters again," says Gerrard as he addresses the crowd.

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

"A hush falls over Anfield as Steven Gerrard's Liverpool team-mates wait on the pitch for their captain to re-emerge with his family."

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James in Brighton: When you make the game all about one man, you will lose a game of football. Simple as that. Should have retired last season anyway. Fair play Palace for showing them how to play a team game.

Mark in Newcastle: Sentiment doesn't win you games. Gerrard has found that out Zaha'd way.

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Steven Gerrard
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"There's only one Steven Gerrard" roars The Kop. All Liverpool's players are back out on the pitch...except the captain. He's gathering his three daughters, three-year-old Lourdes, nine-year-old Lexie and 11-year-old Lilly-Ella, in the tunnel. And here they come..."

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

"So it's all over at Anfield for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard - and not the most distinguished of games with which to conclude an outstanding career. Once the outcome became clear, Anfield was in full voice paying tribute to their captain."

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BBC Radio Merseyside

Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case: "When you say Steven Gerrard is on a par with Kenny Dalglish, there's always going to be people who say Kenny was the better player. When you look at the players around Kenny, he had people he could feed off. Stevie has all of those qualities that you could put together from those midfields of the 1980s."

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Gerrard walks out
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Here come Liverpool's players. And they are all wearing Steven Gerrard number eight shirts...