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Steven Gerrard: The top moments of his career

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Gerrard has a rich history with Liverpool. (©GettyImages)
Gerrard has a rich history with Liverpool. (©GettyImages).

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the debut of one of Liverpool's greatest ever players.

November 29 1998, a skinny teenager is brought on in the closing stages of a routine 2-0 Liverpool victory of Blackburn Rovers at Anfield. That teenager was Steven Gerrard.

GMS takes a look back over the past 15 years to remember the finest moments of the boy would would grow to become a Merseyside icon.

Cup treble, 2000/01

At the turn of the millennium a young Gerrard was beginning to stamp his authority on the midfield of Gerard Houllier's Liverpool side.

That side would go on to lift a famous treble of FA, League and UEFA Cup with Gerrard a heartbeat in the centre of the park, scoring in up the thrilling 5-4 UEFA Cup victory over Alaves, a goal that would be the first in a unique record yet to be achieved by the Kop hero. 

Worthington Cup final, 2003

Another major cup final for Gerrard, this time against the old enemy of Manchester United. Gerrard opened the scoring in a 2-0 victory with a rasping drive from distance that deflected off David Beckham and over the helpless Fabian Barthez. A second League Cup medal was added to the collection.

Liverpool captaincy, 2003

In October 2003 at the age of just 23, Gerrard was handed the role he had always dreamt of, the captaincy of his boyhood club replacing Sami Hyypia.

It would be an honour the midfielder would hold until the present day, cementing his place as a modern legend of Liverpool football club.

Olympiacos goal, 2004

Liverpool, under new boss Rafael Benitez were heading out of the Champions League at the group stage.

Needing to beat Greek side Olympiakos by two clear goals to progress, the Anfield side trailed to a Rivaldo free-kick at the break. Goals from Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Neil Mellor gave the Reds hope before Gerrard struck late, late on with a fantastic half volley causing Anfield to erupt.

That goal and that commentary, the strike leading to Everton icon Andy Gray squealing in delight, remains one of the most iconic goals in the modern day history of Liverpool.

Istanbul, 2005

Arguably the most dramatic European Cup final in history, Gerrard led his Liverpool side out seeking to win the clubs fifth European Cup.

Liverpool headed into the match as underdogs against a Milan side containing the talent of Paulo Maldini, Andrea Pirlo and Kaka. The match began disastrously for Liverpool, they trailied to a Maldini goal after 58 seconds and headed into the half-time break 3-0 down.

Gerrard came out for the second half inspired, his header the catalyst for an incredible six minutes in which Liverpool drew level at 3-3, with the England midfielder winning the penalty for Xabi Alonso to score the equaliser at the second attempt.

The rest, as they say, is history. Liverpool went on to the win the match on penalties and Gerrard was forever immortalised, lifting the European Cup for his boyhood club.

FA Cup final, 2006

Few finals are remembered simply by the name of a player involved, but the 2006 FA Cup final will be forever remember as 'the Gerrard final'.

A topsy turvy encounter with underdogs West Ham saw Liverpool trail both 2-0 and 3-2. Gerrard had smashed home the equaliser for 2-2, but as the clock ticked towards full time and West Ham leading 3-2, Liverpool and Gerrard, suffering from cramp, looked beaten.

As stoppage time commenced, the ball dropped to Gerrard some 30 yards out and he hit the sweetest, if not most speculative, of strikes which flew past Shaka Hislop and forced extra time.

Liverpool would go on to win another penalty shoot-out and Gerrard lifted the FA Cup for yet another major honour. He would go on to claim the PFA Player's Player of the year from his peers to crown another stellar campaign.

Record European goalscorer, 2007

In a Champions League tie away at PSV, Liverpool romped to a 3-0 victory. Gerrard scored with a towering header and in the process broke yet another record, the goal making him Liverpool's all-time leading goal scorer in European competition.

Football Writer's Association Player Of The Year, 2009

Another player of the year award for Gerrard, this time voted for by the professional writers. A campaign which saw a Gerrard inspired Liverpool pipped to the title by arch-rivals Manchester United produced arguably the finest football we have seen from Steven Gerrard. Whilst a fine achievement, the award will have been scant consolation as the elusive Premier League title slipped away from within his clutches. 

Everton hat-trick, 2012

A Merseyside derby to remember for Steven Gerrard and Liverpool, a 3-0 victory over Everton with all three goals scored by the Reds ever-inspiring skipper. A delicate dink over Tim Howard was the pick of the goals as Gerrard ran riot in front of an adoring Anfield faithful.

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