Mourinho and Wenger pay tribute to Steven Gerrard ahead of final Anfield appearance

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Steven Gerrard will be a “legend for life” in the eyes of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 20, 2015: Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho applauds Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 34-year-old plays his final match at Anfield on Saturday before he joins Los Angeles Galaxy and this season’s Premier League-winning manager, who tried to sign the former England international on several occasions, insists he deserves all the adulation he will receive.

“What I never did was to put big pressure on him to try to persuade him to leave Liverpool and play for me. I always respect the feeling,” said Mourinho.

“I think that tomorrow he’s going to feel that the decision to play for Liverpool was worth it.

“He will be a big legend for life.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also praised Gerrard.

“I would just like to pay tribute to him for a fantastic career; for me he is a fantastic player and I would also like to do it because he has remained loyal to his club for his whole career,” he said.

“You don’t see that a lot, especially for that kind of quality player he was.

“It is a special day for Steven Gerrard and English football because as well he was a great player for the national team.

“It would have been difficult for him to stay for such a long time at Liverpool and go somewhere else, so it is better maybe for him to promote football in America.”

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