The nine times Steven Gerrard made football perfect
November 24, 2016
Today, many fans around the world are mourning the retirement of football legend Steven Gerrard, meanwhile others will be happy to see the back of the midfielder. Whichever camp you fall into, you simply cannot deny what an unbelievable career the Englishman had.
Whether it was last minute goals, throwing a title away or generally being a phenomenal player, Steven Gerrard was the dogs bollocks. Period.
2001, England 5-1 Germany
It's always sweet when you get one over on your bitter rivals - but when it's England beating Germany, there's just something extra special about that.
In an absolute demolition, Steven Gerrard featured with a lovely goal from outside the box to give The Three Lions the lead. Sweet, sweet victory once again.
It may not have been the treble Liverpool desired, but three trophies in one year - that's damn impressive.
2005, winner against Olympiakos
At Anfield, facing a Champions League exit and once again the man who defies logic writes another chapter into his historic story.
If this goal and the reaction from the crowd doesn't send chills down your spine, then check your pulse.
2005, Champions League Final
It speaks for itself. Greatness. History. All that good shit. Gerrard's header led the comeback and destiny took care of the rest.
2006, FA Cup Final
Minutes remaining, Liverpool 3-2 down against West Ham and everyone in a red shirt breaking down from sheer exhaustion.
Step right-up, Captain Fantastic, to smash in an absolute belter and take the game to extra time. Vintage, Stevie G.
2012, Liverpool 3-0 Everton
10th anniversary for David Moyes, 400th Premier League appearance for Steven Gerrard. There was only ever going to be one winner - and a hat-trick rubber stamped that with emphasis. Still the kings of Merseyside.
2014, FIFA World Cup
Now this one may be a tad confusing, but stay with it. Whilst England didn't exactly thrive in Brazil (we were shite), it was the final competition in which Steven Gerrard captained his country. A whole nation was behind the midfielder and that in itself is a sensational achievement.
2015, MLS Debut
Who gives a shit about how old Steven Gerrard was or is - it never mattered. In his MLS debut the Liverpool legend scored and assisted for former teammate Robbie Keane in a 5-2 triumph over San Jose Earthquakes.
That's how you make a statement.
“This does not ******* slip now”
Save the best until last. This moment was full of passion, heart, and everything that made Stevie G who he is today. We all know what it led too and we all know the cruel irony of this, but fuck it, at this point in time it was still great.
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So there you have it. The curtain has finally come down and in the end, everyone needs to appreciate Steven Gerrard for what he is – a legend. Premier League, England, Champions League, it doesn’t matter. The home town lad was one of the finest midfielders we will ever see, and for that the only thing you should be feeling is gratitude.
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Jurgen Klopp is a god among men, and that's just a fact.
The German saviour has transformed this Liverpool side into a team capable of going all the way, and his charisma that goes alongside it has brought joy to the masses at Anfield. This man is the catalyst. Period.
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So, he's small, who gives a flying fuck. His agility, finishing and all-round contribution makes the Brazilian vital to this title push.
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Relax, have a cup of tea, then storm this thing.
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Strength in Depth
Couts, Firmino, Mane and Lallana - what more could you want you greedy bastards. Oh yeah, the likes of Sturridge, Origi and Wijnaldum on the bench and more.
There's no end to the talent on this squad and it's not going away any time soon. Anfield is stocked up to the brim, folks.
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