Playing with Gerrard was 'an honour', says Balotelli

The midfielder will make the switch to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy this summer, and has received widespread support from fans and team-mates alike

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has described playing alongside Steven Gerrard as an “honour” as the legendary midfielder prepares for his final Anfield outing on Saturday.

Gerrard’s last home appearance for his boyhood team will come against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with a carnival atmosphere expected as those inside the ground pay tribute to the outgoing club captain.

And Italy international Balotelli, who joined Liverpool last summer, took to Instagram ahead of the game to hail the former England skipper as “a great man”.

In his handwritten note, Balotelli wrote: “Stevie…I had the honor (sic) to play with you, not for long but [it was] still an amazing and unforgettable experience for me.

“You are a great man and a cool CAPITAIN (sic)! [It] Is a pleasure [to] leave free-kicks and penalties to you.

“I wish you all the best for your next venture and your family. You deserve the best. GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND.”

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