Steven Gerrard will address the Anfield crowd on Saturday

The media presented Gerrard with a cake (pic @LFC)
The media presented Gerrard with a cake (pic @LFC)

Outgoing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will make a speech to the Anfield crowd after his final game on home soil this weekend - as plans for his grand farewell are being unveiled.

Gerrard will played his 709th game for Liverpool against Crystal Palace this weekend, before he brings down the curtain on his Anfield story and makes a move to link up with Robbie Keane at MLS side LA Galaxy.

A guard of honours is planned to welcome Gerrard on to the pitch this weekend, while huge flags have been made to celebrate his Liverpool career, according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.

Gerrard will also be presented with a gift to commemorate his time at the club, with the build-up to the game beginning with a final press conference at Liverpool's training ground this afternoon.

"I am not really one for attention," argued Gerrard, despite the publicity torrent flowing around him.

"I feel a bit sorry for my team-mates. All the attention is on me but when the whistle goes it will be about getting the three points.

"I can only apologise if it has all been about me. I have never tried to grab any glory. From day one I have always tried to pull in the direction of the team.

"I look back at my career here with pride. I am really proud of what I have achieved here, all the trophies I have won," he said.

"Certainly not winning the Premier League is a dent in that. There is nothing I can do about it now but 708 appearances is a lot more than I ever dreamed of," added Gerrard, who was given a special presentation by the media at his press conference (below).

Read John Aldridge's tribute to Steven Gerrard the man and the friend in this weekend's Sunday World.