Gerrard’s Top 5 Moments
No list could ever capture all of Gerrard’s fine moments as a Liverpool player, there are so many that he has rightly been listed as a true legend.
With the Liverpool captain announcing he will leave the club next season, probably to go to the MLS, we have looked back on his career, and compiled our top 5 Gerrard moments.
5. Captain Fantastic
Former manager Gerard Houllier made Gerrard the red’s captain in 2003. Since then he has lead the club through both high’s and low’s and has more caps than any other player, becoming an inspirational leader as well as the complete midfielder.
The quote below from 2012 shows just how much being captain has meant to Gerrard:
“Sometimes I stop on the drive home from Melwood and just sit in the car and tell myself, ‘I’m captain of Liverpool football club.’
4. The camera kisses
Gerrard saved his best celebrations for the games against Manchester United. Both in 2009 and in 2013 after scoring important penalties Gerrard ran over to the camera, giving it a kiss.
Games against rivals mean a lot, but against Manchester United mean so much more. The two teams are the most successful in England, and there has been a long-standing rivalry between the two.
Did you know Gerrard has scoring 9 goals against United in his career? He has only scored more against two other teams; Everton (10) and Aston Villa (13).
3. The Gerrard Final
Gerrard influenced the 2006 final so much that it has been dubbed ‘The Gerrard Final’.
Liverpool struggled in the game against West Ham, conceding 3 goals and looking all but beaten. However, like so many times in his career, Gerrard stepped up scoring in the 90th minute with a spectacular finish to level the game.
The match went to penalties with Liverpool winning 3-1.
2. Ya Beauty
Another important late goal came in the Champions League in 2005 where Gerrard scored in the 86th minute against Olympiakos.
Liverpool needed to win the game by 2 clear goals to go through, and after Rivaldo scored early on for the visitors, the game looked beyond them.
However, after goals from Pongolle and Mellor, Gerrard took it upon himself to seal the victory and progression in stunning style. Every Liverpool fan will remember Andy Grey’s commentary as the goal went in, and we sourced it for you to view below:
“Ohhhhhhhh ya beauty. What a hit son, what a hit!” Andy Grey, 2005
Need we say any more?
Istanbul was Gerrard finest moment as a Liverpool player. Bar none.
Liverpool were 3-0 down at half time in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan. Milan had been the far better team, and it looked like a whitewash, ending Liverpool’s hope of a 5th Champions League trophy – the one you got to keep.
Only the players and the staff know what happened and what was said that half time, but it’s commonly known that the players could hear YNWA being sang loud and clear by the fans, even with the score line.
Liverpool came out in the 2nd half and made this the best final ever to be played. Gerrard scored a crucial header to ‘put a grain of doubt in Milan’s minds’.
He then went on to win the penalty which Alonso (Bayern Munich) scored the rebound of to level the game 3-3.
Legends were made that day, and Liverpool won the Champions League. But it was Steven Gerrard who providing the catapult required for Liverpool, when they needed it most.
Relive the game below, with the extensive highlights:
The future looks bleak for Liverpool without their iconic captain, legend and hero Steven Gerrard. He has carried the club single-handedly numerous times since his first appearance in 1998.
Thanks for the memories Steven. You’ll be sorely missed.