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Steven Gerrard: Liverpool's best ever player?

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Steven Gerrard's penalty in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle United at the weekend ensured he achieved the very rare feat of scoring 100 Premier League goals. He has joined a band of very distinguished players.

Only 24 players have achieved this milestone in the history of the Premier League and Gerrard is only the fourth midfielder - behind Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and
Frank Lampard - on the list.

He is only the 13th player to have scored 100 Premier League goals for one club.

At 33, Gerrard still has a lot to offer. He has played for Liverpool all his career - a rarity in modern day football.

He is as committed to Liverpool now as he was when he first made his debut back in 1998. He has stayed true to his roots and has developed into Liverpool's talisman with his drive, energy and power dominating midfields for many years.

Any superlative you can think of can be used to describe Gerrard and his Liverpool career.

I have no doubt that Gerrard could have moved on at any point during his career. He will have no doubt had lucrative offers to play abroad for a European giant but Gerrard chose to stay with the club he loves, even during the bad times, in an attempt to lead them to glory once again.

His record is outstanding. His 100 Premier League goals were achieved in 449 games, his overall record for Liverpool is 161 goals in 639 games. He has 107 international caps so far and 21 goals.

He will probably be the England captain in Brazil next summer, barring injury, and there will be nobody as proud as him to lead his country in a World Cup.

For Liverpool Gerrard has won 11 major trophies including a Champions League, a UEFA Cup, a League Cup and two FA Cups.

Unfortunately the Premier League title continues to allude him but there are signs that Liverpool could be developing a squad capable of challenging for the one trophy that Liverpool supporters crave the most. Gerrard will be the main driving force behind this.

During his career he has scored some very notable goals. Who can forget his last gasp
Champions League goal against Olympiakos which ensured Liverpool qualified through the group stages and eventually went on to win the trophy in a glorious night in Istanbul in 2005.

Another famous goal was in the FA Cup Final in 2006 against West Ham United when his last-gasp equaliser ensured Liverpool took the game into extra time and an eventual victory in the penalty shootout.

In the Premier League, Gerrard has scored some memorable goals - including his first hat-trick against Aston Villa in 2009 and another hat-trick in the Merseyside derby in 2012.

All in all Gerrard has had a sparkling career for Liverpool and will be rightly remembered as one of their greatest players ever - an achievement in itself at a club like Liverpool - but also one of their most loyal and committed.

He will hope, as will Liverpool supporters, that before he retires he will add the Premier League trophy to his list of achievements, which will cap a fine career for him.

Could Gerrard be classed as a true Liverpool great and perhaps the best player in their history?


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