Rickie Lambert insists he will always cherish his time spent playing alongside Steven Gerrard for Liverpool.

The skipper received an emotional send-off on Saturday as he made his final Anfield appearance before his departure to LA Galaxy this summer.

Lifelong Reds fan Lambert also featured, emerging as a second-half substitute as Brendan Rodgers' team suffered a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

After the game, the No.9 was adamant that the disappointing nature of the result did not take the shine off Stevie's day, and expressed his gratitude to have played with such a legendary figure.

"It's only been one year but I've watched him all my life so to play with him is incredible and something I'll always treasure," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"It's [a day] you can tell your kids about when they're older, it's been emotional. It's not the best result but it's not about that, it's about the years [Stevie] has spent here. 

"To be a part of it in a little way is unbelievable and the fans here can say they were here to see his last game at Anfield. I still can't believe it.

"The [fans] have always had a bit of class about them. It's the best club in the world and it's because of the fans. The send off he's getting is fitting of Liverpool, it's brilliant to see."