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Crystal Palace spoil Steven Gerrard’s last Anfield game by giving him a bottle of champagne and winning 3-1

Alan Pardew gifts Steven Gerrard a bottle of International Brut before Palace beat Liverpool in Gerrard's last ever home game at Anfield. Image: @Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew gifts Steven Gerrard a bottle of International Brut before Palace beat Liverpool in Gerrard’s last ever home game at Anfield. Image: @Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace spoiled Steven Gerrard’s last home game for Liverpool at Anfield by completely outplaying the Reds and convincingly beating them 3-1.

While the result may have been humiliating for the Liverpool captain the Eagles’ manager gestured respect before the match started by giving him a bottle of champagne.

The Palace performance was skilled, dogged and full of character as they were one nil down in the first half and fought back with a Puncheon free kick equalizer before half-time.

Man Utd reject Wilfried Zaha put Palace ahead with his first touch of the game when he came on as a substitute at 69 minutes.

He won a penalty in stoppage time when tripped in the box and Glenn Murray scored Palace’s third on the rebound from the spot-kick.

To be fair to Liverpool television coverage replays showed that Zaha was marginally off-side for the second goal and his trip leading to the penalty was actually outside the penalty area.

But the result will be sweet revenge for Alan Pardew.

Steven Gerrard scored the last minute equalizer at Wembley that stopped him winning the FA Cup when he was manager of West Ham.

He’s a professional who likes to spoil the party for Liverpool.

After being humiliated as a Palace player in a 9-0 thrashing at Anfield, he scored the winner in an FA Cup semi-final in the same season.

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