A 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace seemed a poor enough result to mark Steven Gerrard’s last Liverpool game at Anfield, but things got even worse on the final day of the captain’s 17-year career with the club at Stoke.
Liverpool were beaten 6-1 at the Britannia, which not only saw them overhauled by Tottenham to drop to sixth in the final standings, but also represented the worse loss of Gerrard’s career, in his 710th appearance.
Here are some other statistics relating to the 6-1 reverse;
Stoke still finished the season with a minus goal difference
The Potters matched their best ever Premier League goal difference of -2 from the 2010/11 campaign and accrued their highest points total with 54.
Their goal difference was significantly aided this time by having scored 13 per cent of their goals from across the whole 38-game season came in this one fixture.
Gerrard finishes his final season as the club’s top scorer
Last season Luis Suarez scoring 31 Premier League goals, Daniel Sturridge netted 21 and Gerrard helped himself to 13 and Liverpool still couldn’t win the title. Raheem Sterling was fourth in the top-flight scoring charts for the Reds with nine.
This campaign, none of Brendan Rodgers’ squad have amassed double figures, with Gerrard top on nine goals. It’s fairly obvious how they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
He finishes with 120 Premier League strikes and has been responsible for three of Liverpool’s last four goals this season.
Gerrard and Frank Lampard both score to end their Premier League careers
Lampard is the only midfielder to have scored more goals in the Premier League and given he is also heading off to the MLS, it is somewhat fitting that he also departed with another goal.
The long-time Chelsea man opened the scoring for Manchester City at home to Southampton and this represented the 12th instance that Lampard and Gerrard were on target on the same day of a Premier League season.
Liverpool 5-0 down at half-time
This may have been the first time ever that Liverpool had conceded four or more goals in the first half of a Premier League match, but they are not alone in terms of being 5-0 down at the break.
Bolton found themselves in this position against an Andy-Booth inspired Sheffield Wednesday in 1997 and then Man City raced into this lead against Burnley in 2010, when netting three times in the opening seven minutes at Turf Moor.
An 84-year record emulated by first-half display
As mentioned above Liverpool had never been five goals down at the interval during their Premier League tenure. The last time they found themselves in such a position was back in the second tier against Cardiff in 1957.
However, the last time such a shambles was witnessed in the top flight was during an era that very few Liverpool fans will remember.
It was back in 1931 against Arsenal (thanks @MisterChiping)
Crouch surpasses Shearer
Peter Crouch scored Stoke’s late sixth goal and it was the 47th time that he was on target in the Premier League with his head.
Of Alan Shearer’s 260 career Premier League goals, only 46 were headers.