Steven Gerrard voted Liverpool's greatest ever player

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Steven Gerrard has been voted Liverpool's all-time greatest player by fans on Twitter.

The 34-year-old played his final game for the Reds earlier this month in the shock 6-1 loss against Stoke City and will move to MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy to continue the next chapter of his career.

Gerrard made 710 appearances for Liverpool over a 17-year period and scored 186 times.

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There's been plenty of debate as to whether or not the Huyton-born midfielder is the Merseyside club's greatest ever player, with some arguing that others had achieved more at Anfield.

LFCTV used a poll on their website and the hashtag #LFCgreatest on Twitter for fans to vote on who is the best footballer to compete with a Liver bird on his chest. Gerrard was up against Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, John Barnes, Ian Rush and Billy Liddell for the crown.

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However, Gerrard ran out an easy winner of the competition, scooping 66% of votes with Dalglish finishing second on 25% and Ian Rush taking the bronze medal after accumulating 4% of the vote.

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All six in the running could have been crowned Liverpool's best and there would have unlikely been any strong arguments if somebody else had won.

However, there has been a strong suspicion about Gerrard being the Reds' greatest for some time and the news was finally confirmed.

During the majority of his 17-year career, the former England captain has led his side through good times and bad and has been admired by his footballing peers.

That night in Istanbul

His efforts in the Champions League final in 2005 against AC Milan will always been fondly remembered by many Kopites.

Trailing by three goals at half-time, Liverpool needed a leader to perform strongly from the front and Gerrard did just that.

His header shortly after the break gave his side a lifeline, and - following Vladimir Smicer's strike to make it 3-2 - Gerrard then thrust into the box and was brought down by Gennaro Gattuso to win his side a penalty, which Xabi Alonso scored the rebound of after missing the initial spot-kick.


It was a miraculous comeback in Istanbul started by Gerrard and somehow the Reds went on to beat Milan on penalties to lift the European Cup for the fifth time.

Liverpool's squad was not the greatest that year - well below the standard of Milan's - but Gerrard's leadership inspired his teammates and brought their performance to another level.

The FA Cup Final one year later was also another example of Gerrard carrying his side. His two late goals against West Ham United saw the clash finish 3-3 after 90 minutes and, just like in Istanbul, Rafa Benitiez's side went on to win on penalties. 

One trophy that he did not win, however, was the Premier League. Gerrard finished with three runners-up medals in 2003, 2009, and 2014 but never got the chance to lift the top-flight trophy above his shoulders.

Liverpool fans: Who do you rate as the greatest Liverpool player of all-time? Leave your answers in the comment section below!

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