Everyone remembers that goal against Olympiakios, Liverpool needed a third goal to qualify for the knockout rounds of the 2004-05 UEFA Champions League and it was Steven Gerrard who hammered the ball in the 90th minute of the game and the rest as they say is history. Steven Gerrard closed a chapter today when he stated that he was going to leave his club, Liverpool at the end of the season and move to another club.
Gerrard has always been a one man club, spending his entire career with Liverpool, while there have been highs and lows for the Liverpool skipper; he is undoubtedly one of the greatest, if not the greatest Liverpool player of all time. While Gerrard will now face a fresh challenge in another league, we look back at his stats and records for Liverpool.
Gerrard started playing regularly for Liverpool from the 1998-99 season and made 12 appearances in that season. He is third in the all-time appearances list with 697 appearances for Liverpool till date only Jamie Carragher and Ian Rush are above Gerrard in that respect.
He has 494 Premier League appearances from that number; Gerrard also holds a few records for goals scored. Gerrard has scored the most European goals for Liverpool with 41 in his career and has also scored the most number of penalties for Liverpool with 43 so far.
Gerrard has also scored a total of 180 goals for Liverpool in his career and is 6th in the all-time scorers list with Ian Rush, Roger Hunt, Gordon Hodgson, Billy Liddell and Robbie Fowler above the midfielder.
Gerrard also holds the record for most international appearances while being a Liverpool player, the former England captain got all his 114 English caps while playing for Liverpool and also has the most appearances for a Liverpool player with 15 appearances spread across 3 World Cups.
Gerrard still is the only player in the history of the game to have scored a goal in the UEFA Champions League final, UEFA Cup final, FA Cup final and League cup final. His greatest achievement would easily be taking Liverpool all the way to the final against AC Milan in 2005. No one gave Liverpool a chance before the game and at half time the team from England were trailing the Italian giants by 3 goals but cue a revival from Gerrard and after 3 goals in 6 minutes, which coined many terms like “6 minutes of madness” & “The Miracle of Istanbul”, Liverpool won their 5th Champions league via penalties.
A greater achievement in this day and age of football probably is the fact that Gerrard stuck with Liverpool through both good and bad times. He had offers from Chelsea, most noticeably a couple of times in his career and could have left but he stuck with his boyhood club, ending his Premier League career without a medal would hurt but that is Steven Gerrard, Liverpool first, everything else, later.
Picture courtesy: Liverpool Echo, Daily Mail & the Times.