The international break has provided Liverpool fans with time to think back and remember Steven Gerrard.
Now plying his trade in America, it is easy to think of him as simply retired. However, everyone who has seen so much as a clip of Stevie will know he shall give 100% in every training session and match he takes part in.
As I said, the break has provided opportunity to sit and think. Liverpool miss Steven Gerrard. Of course, this is no surprise.
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A man who was second to none. To list his achievements doesn’t do him justice. He deserved everything and he won almost everything. No doubt missing out on the Premier League motivated him to try his luck elsewhere.
Gerrard was constantly head, shoulders and (sometimes waist) above his Liverpool teammates.
Simply the best
One of Steven’s regrets may well be that he was played out of position by almost every manager, both for club and country. He has played pretty much everywhere, except goalkeeper, and always performed. Many will agree that he was a centre midfielder, but his greatest season, he played as a No. 10 - a forward, behind Fernando Torres.
Gerrard was a leader, an inspiration, and if the best players perform in the biggest games – then Gerrard is the biggest player of all.
He is the only player to have scored in the final of every club competition he has participated in. Not bad for a midfielder.
He has, of course, played alongside some truly word-class players but, when talent was missing, Gerrard would be on hand to dish out some of his.
How Liverpool would love just to have him back in the dressing room if not on the teamsheet.
Will he ever return?
Liverpool fans will be praying that he will return – as coach, manager, something!
The term legend is definitely over-used, but Gerrard is a true Liverpool legend.
He came second to a certain Kenny Dalglish in a Liverpool poll of greatest players. A true honour.
And I for one back him to overtake Kenny as time comes on and people realise just how good this guy is/was.