Steven Gerrard – Liverpools greatest ever player?
For many Liverpool fans, the 28th November 1998 probably is a date they don’t remember; for some, they won’t have even been a glint in their parent’s eye. This is a day that should be remembered for good, though, as it was the first tentative steps that one of the clubs greatest ever representatives took towards long-term success and prosperity; it was the birth of a legend. Steven Gerrard came on for the closing moments to make his debut for Liverpool, coming on for Veggard Heggem.
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What has followed since that day has been an exhibition of one of the world’s most comprehensive midfielders. Gerrard has gone on to put himself into LFC, English and European folklore with some of the most commanding performances the Premiership, and the Champions League, have seen since their inception. From the games against a truly immense FC Juventus team to coming back from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in Istanbul, to the “Gerrard Final” against West Ham United in 2006, right through to his horrible slip against Chelsea last year to essentially blow the league title, Gerrard has lived it all. The good and the bad. The treble. The European Cup. Athens. Roy Hodgson. Hicks & Gillette. Liverpool has been an immense club to follow since he first broke into the first team 17 years ago.
And now? It’s all coming to an end. The Liverpool captain will play his last ever competitive game for Liverpool FC on Sunday and it’s going to very hard to watch. Whatever your take on the club he plays for, or indeed the man himself, it would simply be churlish and immature to suggest that he has been anything other than a genuine great to the game, as well as English football as a whole since his debut.
From the rasping long range shots to the Roy of the Rovers tackles, Gerrard was one of the most impressive players of his generation; now, we’ll be saying goodbye to him and it would be nice if just for once the man could get through a weekend without that ridiculous slip chant being sung with gusto by the opposition. He deserves more than that, for one day at least.