Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says that the absence of Steven Gerrard will be a huge loss for English football next season.
The Liverpool midfielder prepares to play his final league outing in England. After having been given a rousing sendoff by the Anfield faithful last weekend, Gerrard will be concluding his almost 2 decades long Premier League career at the Britannia stadium while playing against Stoke City. It is almost certain that he will play some part in a game, which has little meaning for both clubs. Gerrard wanted to go out on a high by winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the Champions League.
However, he leaves after having seen the club knocked out in the semifinals in the FA Cup and finishing just behind Manchester United in the race for the top four. Gerrard has been a huge figure in English football especially in the last decade and Hughes admits that the game will be less spectacular without him. There have been several great players who have left the game and Gerrard will add to the number. Stoke City will be hoping to increase their records point tally of 51, which has been achieved this season. Hughes says that irrespective of the result he is confident that the Stoke City supporters will give Gerrard a big send off.
“I’m sure the crowd at the Britannia Stadium will give Steven the welcome that his career deserves. It is a huge thing for British football he’s been a fantastic servant to his club and to the game at the top level.It is right that it should be recognised but we will be saying to everyone that we haven’t done badly either this season. It is about us and we want to celebrate the season we have had. We can all look back upon the season with a lot of pride, especially if we are able to end it with another victory this weekend,” said Hughes.