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Steven Gerrard: Mr Liverpool

If there is a more influential midfield player in the world than Steven Gerrard, he's doing a good job at keeping himself hidden. The Liverpool skipper epitomises the never-say-die attitude that has come to represent the club.

All you need to know about the player, known as Stevie G, was highlighted one night in May 2005 in Istanbul. Liverpool trailed AC Milan 3-0 in the Champions League final when Gerrard headed Liverpool back into the game.

He turned to his team-mates, urging them to believe they could still win. With Gerrard at his inspirational best Liverpool staged one of the great comebacks of football history to draw level at 3-3, before clinching the trophy in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

Since making his Liverpool debut in November 1998 Gerrard has written himself into the book of Reds' greats, effortlessly donning the captain's armband at the start of the 2003-04 season.

While at Anfield Gerrard has become only player to have scored in the four most important cup finals, with that Champions League success accompanied by scores in the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.

Indeed, Gerrard's effort in Liverpool's FA Cup triumph against West Ham in 2006 is widely regarded as one of the greatest goals ever scored in the final of the famous old trophy. With West Ham leading 3-2 and seconds left on the clock Gerrard unleashed an unstoppable 35-yard volley into the Hammers net.

Gerrard seems to specialise in crucial goals, many scored after surging runs from midfield by the one of the world's best box-to-box footballers.

During a disappointing era for England internationally Gerrard has often been a cause for hope, racking up scores of international caps and captaining his country on numerous occasions, including at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

Gerrard's outstanding contribution to football has earned him some of the game's most prestigious awards, including PFA Young Player of the Year, PFA Player of the Year, UEFA Most Valuable Player and three times nominated for the FIFA Player of the Year award. Just reward for the Kop idol for whom anything seems possible.

A young Steven Gerrard shows the sort of gritted determination that would come to characterise his career at Liverpool as he slides in on Barcelona's Rivaldo in 2001.
A young Steven Gerrard shows the sort of gritted determination that would come to characterise his career at Liverpool as he slides in on Barcelona's Rivaldo in 2001.
There would have been no miracle in Istanbul had Liverpool not clawed their way back from a goal down against Olympiakos in the final group match of their 2005 Champions League campaign. An inspired comeback that night was capped by Gerrard's rasping 20-yard drive in front of the Kop – one of his most iconic goals.
In one of the most memorable Champions League finals of all time, Steven Gerrard inspired a Liverpool fightback of epic proportions as the Reds clawed their way back from 3-0 down to defeat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul.
By the time the 2006 FA Cup final had rolled around, Gerrard was getting a reputation for helping Liverpool out of tough spots with cracking long-range goals. This memorable final was no different for the midfielder, whose stoppage-time equaliser – his second goal of the afternoon – capped a fine performance that ultimately inspired his team to victory.
Posing with manager Roy Hodgson, Gerrard marks his 100th England cap after a match against Sweden in 2012. The former Three Lions captain would end his international career after 114 senior appearances.
Gerrard kisses the lens of a Sky Sports camera after scoring his second penalty during a 3-0 rout of Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2014.
Having announced he would leave Liverpool after 17 years at the club, even Chelsea's supporters – usually vociferous critics – stand to applaud Gerrard as he is substituted during his final match at Stamford Bridge.
Gerrard is given a guard of honour by both the Liverpool and Crystal Palace players in front of a Kop End showing its appreciation for the club's long-standing captain. It would be Gerrard's final match as a Liverpool player at Anfield.
Gerrard joined LA Galaxy in July of 2015 and wasted no time in introducing himself to MLS, netting a goal on his debut as his new side thrashed San Jose Earthquakes 5-2.
A young Steven Gerrard shows the sort of gritted determination that would come to characterise his career at Liverpool as he slides in on Barcelona's Rivaldo in 2001.
 
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