Steven Gerrard has officially announced his retirement from football after 748 appearances for Liverpool and LA Galaxy.
The midfield became a legend at his boyhood Liverpool after spending 17 seasons at Anfield, helping them to win numerous trophies with his influential and incredible performances.
While he didn’t win the Premier League for the Reds, he enjoyed some unbelievable moments in the red shirt of Liverpool.
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Therefore, to pay tribute to ‘Mr. Liverpool’, we’ve looked back at some of his greatest moments in his career.
Warning for Liverpool fans, this could get emotional.
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Making his Liverpool debut in 1998
Those supporters inside Anfield during Liverpool’s match with Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 saw something very special. Gerrard came on for Vegard Heggem during the 2-0 win to make his senior debut. It was the start of something special.
His first goal for Liverpool in 1999
Not too many had heard of the 19-year-old midfielder going by the name of Gerrard in December 1999. But Liverpool’s number 28 made everyone sit up and take notice after his brilliant first goal for the club against Sheffield Wednesday.
Gerrard picked the ball up 40-yards out, beat two defenders before smashing the ball into the bottom corner. It was his first of 186 goals for the club.
His goal against Manchester United in 2001
Fast forward two years and Gerrard was a regular in the Liverpool side. One of the most famous goals he’s scored in the league was against arch-rivals Manchester United at Anfield.
Gerrard picked the ball up from 35-yards, drove forward before smashing the ball into the corner past Fabian Barthez. Cue a Jurgen Klinnsman-like dive into the corner and ecstasy in the stands.
Goal against Germany in 2001
Gerrard didn’t enjoy too many good moments for his national side but a 5-1 victory over Germany in Munich was pretty impressive. Not only did he help the Three Lions thrash Germany, he scored his first England goal with a brilliant strike from distance.
Olympiakos goal in 2004
“You beauty. What a hit son, what a hit.”
Everyone can remember Andy Gray’s incredible commentary from THAT strike from Gerrard.
Liverpool were on the verge of crashing out of the Champions League group stage before going on to win it. They needed to beat Olympiakos by two clear goals top progress and that looked unlikely when Rivaldo put the Greeks 1-0 up before half-time.
Goals from Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Neil Mellor got Liverpool back to within one goal but there was only one man that was going to score their third. That man was Gerrard and he did it in style with an incredible 25-yard half-volley in injury-time.
Winning the 2005 Champions League
Without doubt the best moment in Gerrard’s career.
Liverpool found themselves 3-0 down at half-time and needed their captain to regain some pride before it got embarrassing.
Gerrard had other ideas, though.
He scored a brilliant header to make it 3-1 and urged the traveling Liverpool fans to make some noise.
A couple of minutes later, he surged into the box and was brought down for a penalty, resulting in Xabi Alonso making it 3-3 after his spot-kick had been saved.
Gerrard then played the entire extra-time in a right-back position as they held out for penalties - which they ultimately won to complete an incredible comeback.
Staying at Liverpool
It seems incredible to think that Gerrard almost joined Chelsea after he had won the Champions league at Liverpool. But he very nearly did.
Shirts with his name on the back was seen being burned, before he performed a miraculous u-turn and decided to stay at Anfield.
He said: ”I love the club and the supporters and that's what it boiled down to at the end of the day."
The ‘Gerrard’ final in 2006
The 2006 FA Cup final belonged to Gerrard. Liverpool were losing 1-0 to West Ham when he produced an incredible 40-yard pass to assist Djibril Cisse to equalise.
In the second-half, he made it 2-2 with a brilliant half-volley.
But, in injury-time, Gerrard was struggling with cramp and Liverpool found themselves 3-2 down. When the ball bobbled to the midfielder 35-yards-out, Gerrard had no alternative but to smash the ball as hard as he could. It arrowed past Shaka Hislop and sent the match into extra-time and, ultimately, penalties.
Gerrard was never going to be on the losing side and scored his penalty as Rafa Benitez’s side lifted the trophy. One of the best individual performance you will ever see.