Manchester United’s Juan Mata has paid tribute to Steven Gerrard following the midfielder’s final game for Liverpool at Anfield at the weekend.
The 34-year-old is ending a 17-year association with the Reds and will sign for MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer.
An emotional Anfield said goodbye to their hero against Crystal Palace at the weekend, prompting fellow professionals to give their thoughts on the former England captain via social media and in Mata’s case – his personal blog.
“I take this opportunity to wish good luck to Steven Gerrard after his farewell in Anfield,” he wrote in his official blog on juanmata8.com.
“Regardless of rivalries, he is a player that leaves an indelible mark on both European and world football.”
United played their final game at Old Trafford for the season, being held by Arsenal in a 1-1 tie, and Mata says that the fans will be key to winning silverware next season.
“We know we have played very good games this season but at the same time the team and the fans have had to cope with tough moments, and even so they have shown unconditional support.
“This union with our fans will be the key to celebrate titles soon. They deserve it. As every year, the lap of honour after the game was touching.”