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Steven Gerrard's greatest Liverpool moments

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After 17 long years of service, Steven Gerrard's time at his boyhood club, Liverpool, is coming to an end.

At the end of this Premier League season, the Liverpool captain's contract will be up, and he has agreed a move to MLS side LA Galaxy.

With his Premier League career winding down, we look back at Gerrard's greatest moments in a Liverpool shirt.

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His goal in the UEFA Cup Final 2001

Gerrard was part of Liverpool's treble-winning season in the 2000-2001 campaign (FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup).

His goal in the UEFA cup final is regarded as one of his best, running on to a lay-off and smashing the ball into the back of the net.

Liverpool went on to beat Spanish side Deportivo Alaves 5-4 (AET) in a thrilling encounter.

Becoming the Liverpool captain

Growing up as a Liverpool fan, Steven Gerrard always dreamed of one day playing for the club so close to his heart. But in 2003 at the age of 23, Gerrard was chosen by Gerard Houllier to become the club captain, an honour that he could not have imagined having.

To follow in the footsteps of all the greats, from Emlyn Hughes to Graeme Souness, it must have felt unbelievable. This would be a distinction that Gerrard would live up to for years to come, with some incredibly inspirational performances and magical moments.

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Rejecting a move to Chelsea in 2004 and 2005

This was one of the biggest and most interesting transfer sagas of the 2000's. In 2004, new Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho made Steven Gerrard one of his top transfer targets, but he was convinced to stay by Rafa Benitez.

However, after Chelsea became champions in 2005, there was renewed interest in Gerrard, and it seemed as though Gerrard had his heart set on a move to London after turning down a new contract at Liverpool.

But, on the eleventh hour, Gerrard changed his mind and expressed his desire to stay at Liverpool. 

THAT goal against Olympiakos in 2004-2005

Definitely one of, if not the most important goal of his Liverpool career.

In their final Champions League group game against Olympiakos, the Reds needed to win by two goals to progress to the knockout stages, which seemed unlikely when they were trailing 1-0 at half-time.

However, goals from Florent Sinama Pongolle and Neil Mellor brought them to within one goal of a miraculous turn-around. Then in the 86th minute, a deflected shot fell perfectly to Gerrard at the edge of the box, who rifled the ball into the top corner in front of the Kop End.

The Champions League Final in 2005

This goes down as arguably the greatest Champions League final of all-time. A horror first-half resulted in Liverpool trailing AC Milan 3-0, thanks to a brace from Hernan Crespo and one from Paolo Maldini.

Liverpool came out a changed side in the second-half, and completed a Steven Gerrard-inspired five-minute turnaround, started by Gerrard who powered a header home.

Vladimir Smicer then made it 3-2 before Gerrard made a bursting run into the box and was brought down for a penalty. Xabi Alonso's spot kick was saved but he smashed home the rebound. 

Gerrard successfully converted his penalty in the shoot-out, which Liverpool went on to win 3-2. He lifted the trophy in what must be the greatest night in his Liverpool career.

The FA Cup Final in 2006

Another big game which Gerrard took centre stage was the 2006 FA Cup Final against West Ham United at the Millennium Stadium.

The Hammers led 2-0 early on through a Jamie Carragher own-goal and a Dean Ashton strike. Djibril Cisse reduced the defecit before Steven Gerrard equalised.

West Ham regained the lead and with time running out, the Liverpool captain's stunning 35-yard thunderbolt beat Shaka Hislop and forced extra-time and penalties, which they won 3-1.

There are so many memorable moments that Steven Gerrard has provided us over the years, and despite there being no Premier League winners medal at the end of it, he is definitely up there as one of the greatest players to ever grace the English game.

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