It was an emotional day at Anfield as Liverpool said goodbye to their departing team-mates. The performance on the field and the final result against Aston Villa was not what fans had hoped for, but when it came time to say farewell, the Reds excelled. Roberto Firmino and James Milner were given a farewell fit for legends and Milner had touching words to say with only one game left as a Liverpool player. He said, “I’ve loved every minute here. Unbelievable club, the size of the club, the history before you come in, and we’ve managed to create our own history. I’m Leeds through and through and always have been and always will be – but I never probably thought that another club would get into me as much as Liverpool has. That says everything about the place and the fans and the history and what we’ve created here, but also the group of people.” Alisson was next up to hail his national compatriot and “brother” Bobby, with their touching embrace one of the images of the afternoon. Virgil van Dijk, Harvey Elliott and Kostas Tsimikas all signed off from Anfield with messages of their own, leaving Andy Robertson saying “I’m going to miss you James” as team-mates flooded his post with comments. As Elliott noted, it was an emotional day and the send offs for the departing players were touching as another era comes to a close at Liverpool. With only one game left on the schedule for Liverpool, next stop is Southampton where the team will have one last chance to say goodbye.
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