GUS POYET insists he would buy a ticket to see Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard’s final appearance in the North East tomorrow.
Gerrard’s summer move to MLS outfit LA Galaxy was confirmed this week, with the former England captain now on the final lap of his career with boyhood club Liverpool.
The 34-year-old almost turned the game from the bench against Sunderland in last month’s stalemate at Anfield, where Liverpool had been dreadful for the opening hour against the Black Cats.
And while Poyet would ideally like to see Gerrard absent when Liverpool visit the Stadium of Light tomorrow lunchtime, he wants to see the midfielder in action on Wearside one last time.
“I hope he doesn’t play, but as a fan, I hope he does,” said Sunderland boss Poyet.
“This will probably be the last time he plays in the North East.
“If I was a fan of football, I would go to the game tomorrow.
“I wouldn’t lose the opportunity to not to be at the Stadium of Light to watch Gerrard for the last time.
“It’s worth it to buy a ticket.
“So on those terms, yes, I would like him to play even if it goes against us.
“It’s going to be nice from the football fan point of view to see Steven Gerrard playing live once more.”
Liverpool’s form has picked up slightly since last month’s draw, with eight points from the subsequent five Premier League outings.
But without the departed Luis Suarez and injured Daniel Sturridge, Brendan Rodgers’ side remain a shadow of the team who finished second in the table last season.
“I know they’ve got plenty of quality because they spent money on plenty of players,” added Poyet.
“They’re going to have a threat for sure.
“But at the same time, there are players who are more important than the rest.
“We’ve talked about Suarez, Sturridge in the past. Next year, we’ll talk about Steven Gerrard for sure.”