Steven Gerrard should have left Liverpool

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There's no denying that Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool legend. The loyalty and passion he has displayed over the past 15 years is quite phenomenal, and he has deservedly earned himself a spot among the Anfield great.

But this is one of few Anfield greats without a league winner's medal - and time is slowly but surely running out for the Reds' skipper as he enters his remaining years as a player.

Following his side's exit from the Champions League against FC Basel on Tuesday, it's set to be yet another trophy-less season on Merseyside.

The home side found themselves needing a two goal turnaround with just 10 minutes remaining on a cold evening in front of the Kop.

And of course it was Steven Gerrard who gave supporters just a glimmer of hope as he equalised with a stunning free-kick in the 80th minute.

It was then that fans began to dream of that memorable night in 2004 when Andy Gray screamed 'OH YOU BEAUTY' from the commentary box as Gerrard sent his side into the knockout stages.

However, history was to not repeat itself.

Liverpool went on to win the trophy that year, with Gerrard scoring in a final that would go down as one of the greatest ever.

Gerrard's career promised so much

The three-goal comeback in Istanbul was undoubtedly a decisive moment in the career of Steven Gerrard, one that promised and deserved so much more.

The victory was a historic moment for Liverpool football club as they lifted their fifth European Cup and perhaps the England international was blinded by this.

Chelsea move

Throughout the 2004/05 season, Steven Gerrard had heavily been linked with a move to Chelsea as the Abramovich revolution was beginning to take off.

However, European success ended all speculation as Gerrard firmly believed his career ambitions could be met by his beloved Liverpool.

Since 2005, Stamford Bridge has added 11 trophies to the cabinet, including three Premier League triumphs, whereas Liverpool have only managed one League Cup and one FA Cup.

This says it all really. 

Gerrard took safe option

Gerrard took the safe option. A place that was familiar to him, rather than an option that would see his career excel.

The greatest measurement of success as a footballer is surely via medals. Yet the Liverpool captain preferred to remain a big fish in a smaller pond at the quite obvious risk of less silverware.

He opted to work with the likes of Djimi Traore, Salif Diao and Steve Finnan in comparison to a Jose Mourinho side including Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele and Arjen Robben.

Sometimes a player must put aside sentimental values in order to be the best they can be.

Gerrard's career: Disappointing?

There's no denying that Gerrard hasn't had a great career, but it could have been a lot more.

As he approaches the end of his playing days, it's looking ever so likely that he's to retire without a precious Premier League medal.

It would be hard to put him beside the likes of Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Patrick Vieira as the midfield greats as these all have something he doesn't - a winner's medal.

But he can only have himself to blame for that.

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