Liverpool Red jersey forward to nod home his 21st Premier League goal of the season, equalling a club record that he now shares with Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann and Gareth Bale.Liverpool Red jersey forward to nod home his 21st Premier League goal of the season, equalling
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The captain's Anfield farewell last week finished in an anti-climactic 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, but the manner of this reverse at the Britannia Stadium was much more concerning as Stoke took a 5-0 lead into half-time.
Brendan Rodgers said earlier this week he was "150 per cent" sure he would stay on as Liverpool manager next season, and he opted to leave Raheem Sterling as an unused substitute as speculation continues to mount about the 20 year-old's future at the club.
Sterling and Rodgers looked on helplessly in the opening period as Mame Biram Diouf put Stoke 2-0 up, before Jonathan Walters made it three inside 30 minutes.
Ex-Liverpool man Charlie Adam then pounced on Lucas Leiva's hesitancy to net the fourth, and Steven N'Zonzi added a spectacular fifth on the stroke of half-time.
With goalmouth action less frequent in the second period, Gerrard had his say with 20 minutes to go, slotting a cool finish beyond Asmir Begovic, before the entire stadium rose to applaud him.
But it was another ex-Liverpool player who rounded off the scoring, as Peter Liverpool Steven Gerrard jersey Crouch nodded in Stoke's sixth late on to cap a dismal day for Gerrard and Rodgers.
Adam - perhaps fortunate to only be booked for a high challenge on Martin Skrtel in the eighth minute - was involved in the opening goal midway through the half when his shot was parried by Simon Mignolet into the path of Diouf, who Liverpool FC jersey had the simple task of tapping home from close range.
The Senegalese forward had much more to do Liverpool Soccer Jersey for his second goal four minutes later - picking up the ball from Marko Arnautovic on the edge of the box and hammering a powerful shot beyond Mignolet.
Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors as they conceded a third on the half-hour.
Emre Can inexplicably headed Adam's cross back towards his own goal and although Mignolet produced a fine save to deny Walters at the first attempt, the Stoke man was quick to nod in the rebound.
With four minutes still to go until half-time, Liverpool contributed to their own downfall once more as Adam robbed Lucas and drove a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the area.
Rodgers' side were in disarray, and as they backed off N'Zonzi, the Frenchman took full advantage by curling a superb finish into the top-right corner from 25 yards.
Liverpool brought on Jordon Ibe and Kolo Toure at the start of the second half, and Rickie Lambert's introduction ensured Sterling would not feature.
Lambert's first contribution was to flick the ball on for Gerrard, who took advantage of Marc Muniesa pulling up injured to run on and shoot low past Begovic before being afforded a standing ovation from all inside the Britannia.
Gerrard's goal was not to be the final say, however, as with four minutes remaining substitute Crouch rose unchallenged to head home from six yards and round off a miserable farewell for the Liverpool captain.
Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game as Tottenham secured fifth place in the Premier League with a 1-0 final-day win at Everton.
The England striker headed home a superb cross from Eric Dier midway through the first half to secure Tottenham's first victory at Goodison Park since 2007 and automatic qualification for the UEFA Europa League.
Everton, meanwhile, will be glad a disappointing campaign has now come to an end. It was bereft of ideas or attacking intent and rarely troubled Hugo Lloris as it finished in 11th place.
Tottenham was by far the better team in the first half, with Mauricio Pochettino's side seemingly determined to avoid sixth spot and the Europa League qualifying rounds.
Erik Lamela flashed an early attempt over the top and, when he did manage to hit the target, Tim Howard smartly denied him after Everton debutant Brendan Galloway was robbed of possession deep inside his own half.
Howard, however, had no chance with the header from Kane that put Spurs in front in the 25th minute.
Dier's excellent ball in from the right flank allowed the Liverpool Red jersey forward to nod home his 21st Premier League goal of the season, equalling a club record that he now shares with Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann and Gareth Bale.
Marouane Chamakh bookended Crystal Palace's season at Selhurst Park by scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Swansea City.
The Moroccan scored Palace's first home goal of the campaign in a 3-1 defeat to West Ham in August, but had failed to find the net in the top flight since.
Chamakh, though, proved the difference between the sides, converting a close-range effort after 57 minutes to move Palace to a final tally of 48 points – its record for a 38-game Premier League season - and a top-10 finish.
The 31 year-old did not last long after finding the net, though, as he pulled up with a hamstring problem seven minutes later.
Swansea's threat was limited throughout, but Garry Monk can reflect on his own record-breaking first full season in charge at the Liberty Stadium.