Steven Gerrard penned a deal with Liverpool this week to keep him at the club for the rest of his career, with the promise of a ‘job for life’ when he finally decides to hang up his boots at Anfield.
The talismanic skipper was described by former Liverpool icon John Aldridge as the greatest player to ever pull on the famous red shirt, and who are we to argue when he can score goals like this?
2006 FA Cup Final, West Ham
Having already hauled his side back into the match once, Gerrard once more decided to change the course of the 2006 FA Cup final against West Ham at the Millennium Stadium.
A diagonal ball from John Arne-Riise was easily dealt with by the West Ham defence, and when Djibril Cisse missed the ball on the edge of the are the danger looked over. Enter Gerrard and his powerful right boot to pile drive it home from 30 yards and send the game into extra time.
2005 Champions League Final, AC Milan
Perhaps not technically his best goal but certainly his most important, Gerrard kick-started Liverpool’s remarkable comeback after Milan had taken a three goal lead.
53 minutes had passed and Milan had almost taken a 4-0 lead, but up stepped Gerrard to put Liverpool on course for one of the greatest nights in their illustrious history. The Liverpool skipper rose and powered home a header from the penalty spot before Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso took the game to penalties. The Rest is history.
2004 Champions League, Olympiakos
The goal that sent Andy Gray into overdrive and possibly early retirement thanks to burnt out vocal chords; by this time Gerrard already had the knack for scoring stunning goals in the biggest games.
A trademark blast from outside the area helped salvage the Reds Champions League campaign that year as they came back from a goal down to get the three goals they needed to progress from the group stages.
2005 Premier League, Middlesbrough
On a technical level, this is probably the sweetest strike by Gerrard to date.
On the angle a looping ball drops to Gerrard who controls it before arcing the ball into the top corner. The fact it came in a dour 1-1 draw and not a Champions League or F.A Cup final doesn’t detract from it’s beauty.
2001 Premier League, Everton
A goal against your rivals is always amongst the sweetest, but if it is a strike as classy as this effort by Gerrard then it is all the more special.
Gerrard picked the ball up after the Everton defence failed to deal with a Gregory Vignal cross, shifted it to his right past the onrushing defence and arrowed the ball across Paul Gerrard and into the top corner. Sublime
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