You don’t scale the lofty heights Steven Gerrard has during his illustrious career without possessing a formidable work ethic.
The Liverpool legend has, by all accounts, always been an excellent trainer.
Gerrard trains like he plays and hasn’t lost his appetite for hard work, even at the age of 36.
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We know this because Tony Taafe, a photographer, published a lovely anecdote about the former England international on Facebook earlier today.
“Just been to shoot LA Galaxy training today,” Taafe wrote, per 101 Great Goals. “End of training and they all have a game of knockout. Shots and if you miss the target, you’re out. Last two was Gerrard and Mike Magee. Gerrard lost - they’re all walking off and Gerrard calls the goalie over, asks him to stay while he practices more shots. Spends the next 15 mins shooting on his own while everyone had left.
“More money than he’ll ever need, about to retire in a couple of months with a career that could never be tarnished, and that’s still his attitude. Doesn’t matter what your nickname for him is, we could all take a little lesson from him there.”
The best players have that inner drive
Similar stories have been told of Frank Lampard, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The best players never lose that drive; that desire to be the best and put in the hours after everyone else has gone home.
Gerrard on England following Euro 2016 failure
Gerrard, who retired from international football after the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, has spoken out about England’s performances at this summer’s European Championships.
"I was disappointed, I had high expectations,” the midfielder was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"Through the qualifying, they performed really well. They looked solid, they put in some terrific performances and, going into the tournament, I fancied them to at least get to the last eight and also have a push to the last four.
"They started reasonably well, they came out of the blocks really strong against Russia (who equalised late on to salvage a 1-1 draw), they just never got the results and never performed to what they are capable of.
"I think everyone's sort of healing from the disappointment of the tournament but what I can say is the FA and the players and the new staff coming in will get it right.
"It will improve and it won't be too long before the fans are smiling again, that's what I believe.
"I believe in looking forward and trying to improve things and I've got every confidence that everyone involved trying to make it improve, will make that happen."
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