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Steven Gerrard’s last Liverpool line-up had Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, Emre Can, and Jordon Ibe, now he face superstars like Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Much has changed since Steven Gerrard last graced the turf at Anfield in 2015.

It was an emotional afternoon as Liverpool waved farewell to arguably their greatest ever player.

Gerrard’s last game at Anfield was back in 2015

Gerrard’s last game at Anfield was back in 2015

Not a single player from this picture is still at Anfield

Not a single player from this picture is still at Anfield

Crystal Palace though had no room for sentimentality though and trashed Gerrard’s goodbye with a 3-1 win.

The legendary midfielder’s exit was just the start of an exodus at Anfield which sparked a revolution on Merseyside.

Within months, Raheem Sterling departed the club to join Premier League rivals Man City and manager Brendan Rodgers was sacked by the club in October 2015.

Jurgen Klopp came in, Jordan Henderson became captain and the Reds have gone on to become one of Europe’s most formidable teams having won the Champions League and Premier League.

But who starred alongside Gerrard on that last Anfield appearance?

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Rodgers soon followed Gerrard out of Liverpool

Sterling left Merseyside for Manchester in the 2015 summer transfer window for £49million

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Sterling left Merseyside for Manchester in the 2015 summer transfer window for £49million

Liverpool line-up in Gerrard’s last Anfield appearance

Alberto Moreno, Simon Mignolet, Lallana and Dejan Lovren all started the Crystal Palace game and stayed for several years after, helping the club win it’s sixth Champions League, the latter two also played key roles in ending Liverpool’s 30-year title drought.

Some though felt that the grass was greener elsewhere and have since regretted leaving Klopp and Liverpool.

Coutinho, a £142m signing for Barcelona, may have had an illustrious career since leaving the club winning two La Liga’s, then one Bundesliga title and the Champions League for Bayern whilst on loan for the Germans, but has been regarded as an unsuccessful signing by many since leaving Anfield for the Camp Nou.

Emre Can meanwhile opted to leave Liverpool upon the expiration of his contract to join Juventus in 2018 and then moving on to Borussia Dortmund.

Lallana is now starring at Brighton, Martin Skrtel is back in Slovakia playing for Spartak Trnava, while Jordon Ibe, once touted as a replacement for Sterling, is without a club since leaving Derby County.

It wasn’t a vintage Liverpool XI

It wasn’t a vintage Liverpool XI

Coutinho came back to Anfield in 2019 and was part of the side that lost a 3-0 lead to Liverpool who produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history

Coutinho came back to Anfield in 2019 and was part of the side that lost a 3-0 lead to Liverpool who produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history

Whilst Can got to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, he missed out on becoming a part of Liverpool’s history

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Whilst Can got to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, he missed out on becoming a part of Liverpool’s history

The team from 2015 is stark compared to Klopp’s 2021 side and it has shown how much has changed at Anfield in six years.

Liverpool have parted ways with all but one of those players and recruited very smartly since.

Sadio Mane came in the year after and has been one of the most consistent forwards in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah meanwhile has gone from being a Chelsea to flop to arguably one of the best in the world, even if his Ballon d’Or ranking says there are six players who are better than him.

As Gerrard prepares his return to Anfield and hopes to spoil the day as Aston Villa manager as Palace did in his last game as a player, he will be comforted knowing how much his old club has progressed since the last time he laid a foot in his old home.

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How Liverpool are expected to line up against Gerrard’s Villa side

How Liverpool are expected to line up against Gerrard’s Villa side




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