Living legend Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from football. He has had a superb career, one that has so many highs and lows. The lad from Huyton has done well!
I’ve been a Liverpool fan for as long as I can remember and I feel and if I’ve been through his career with him. Tears of joy at the famous Champions League final win and sorrow with the infamous Chelsea slip. I, like many, was so worried when Chelsea came after him and overjoyed when he decided to stay.
I would have loved him to never have moved to LA to finish off his career. Maybe it’s something he felt he needed to do, but I’m convinced had Rodgers man-management been slightly better he’d never have left.
As a midfielder he was never the best at anything in particular, but boy he could do it all. At his peak he was the most influential player in world football. Please, don’t confuse that with best.
You can always argue there was a better player, but I challenge you to find a player in world football who has played for a top team at a high level for over 10 years and had such a positive influence.
He dragged his Liverpool to a near-impossible Champions League victory, scored 120 Premier League goals and made the PFA team of the year a record eight times.
No player has scored more match-winning goals in the Premier League after the 90 minute mark.
What an influential player – we were so lucky to have him. He’s never been replaced, to be honest I don’t think he ever will. Yes world-class players will come and go. But I find it hard to imagine a player to come through the ranks again and have such a positive influence on the club, let alone the team. Maybe this should be his new challenge – come back to the club you love and find the new you.
Gerrard’s Top 10 Goals
Below is a video clip of 10 of his best Premier League goals. Many thanks to LFC.com
Games of influence
He has had a lot of games that he’s just been there. Grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and showed all what a legend he is. There are so many moments. Here are a few of my favourites.
FA Cup Final 2006
The ‘Gerrard final’ of 2006 goes down as one of the all-time great individual performances in football history. We were 3-2 down and the game had almost finished.
Fans and players were dejected and down – but not Gerrard, who fires a thunderbolt from 30 yards before Liverpool went on to win on penalties.
Old Trafford Kiss (2009)
A Gerrard inspired Liverpool destroyed and humiliated Man Utd 4-1 at Old Trafford. Trailing from a Ronaldo goal, Torres pulled one back dominating Vidic. Gerrard made it 2-1 with a penalty – dragging Liverpool back again.
Gerrard’s celebration is something that has been watched and re-watched so many times. The scenes of him kissing the famous Liverbird on his shirt then running to put a big kiss over the live TV cameras. Pure emotion!!
The final game of the group stages of the Champions League, Liverpool needed a win to go through to the knock-out stages. Within the 1st 30 mins Rivaldo scored for Olympiakos – we now needed 3 goals. Benitez brought on Pongolle, who scored! Then he brought on Mellor – who scored!!
Still needing 1 more goal Liverpool drove forward, Mellor and Pongolle both had penalty claims denied. With just over 3 minutes left Mellor set up Gerrard, who was 10yrds out of the penalty area. Gerrard positioned his body perfectly, pulled back his right leg and hit it sweetly – so sweet you just knew it was going to go in. The crowd lifted the roof off – what a goal!! Gerrard saved the day, again!!
Thrashing Real Madrid (2009)
This was peak Gerrard, as Stevie G scored a brace on a special European night at Anfield. Liverpool outplayed Real Madrid in every department – tactically superb, powerful, slick and a joy to watch. The final score was 4-0!! Torres and Gerrard were in perfect harmony – completely overwhelming the Madrid backline.
The entire stadium gave the Reds a standing ovation at the final whistle and since the 2005 final, this was Liverpool and Gerrard’s best performance on the European stage.
Champions League Final 2005
This has to be my favourite moment. In fact my favourite ever footballing moment. The Champions League final against AC Milan. Rafa Benitez is credited with motivating the players at half-time, but the Reds wouldn’t have recovered (or indeed have been there in the first place) had it not been for Gerrard.
His display in Istanbul in all areas of the pitch, the only position he didn’t play was goalkeeper!! He literally dragged Liverpool back from 3-0 down to go and eventually win.
3-3 at the end of the game, winning the penalty shootout. The rest is history.
The 500k crowd at Liverpool who watched the parade was simply phenomenal.
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