Liverpool player Steven Gerrard is so much more than just their captain…
He is the living embodiment of Liverpool Football Club. Born and bred in Liverpool, Gerrard was signed up when he was just 8-years old and had since had an illustrious career and has helped the reds on their way to some of their best triumphs, from heading in the goal that inspired the comeback in Istanbul to lacing the ball into the net to win Liverpool the FA Cup Final at Wembley.
There aren’t many players that love a club enough to stick around for 27 years. Admittedly, Gerrard could have gone to numerous different clubs and won a trophy every season, but he chose to stay with Liverpool, and he done pretty well! Jose Mourinho, who is currently one of the best managers in world football, tried to sign Gerrard multiple times when he managed Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
The Liverpool skipper is one of the most courageous footballers in the world today, and is also one of the best. He has vision like no other, he can pick a pass, he sees runs before anybody else, and he seems to link up with anybody and everybody on the team.
Gerrard has had some great partners over the years, from Spanish wizard Xabi Alonso, who now players for Bayern Munich, to world class striker Luis Suarez.
Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyypia, John Arne Riise, Michael Owen; are just some of the world class players he has played with.
Gerrard’s last match at Anfield didn’t go the way he would have hoped, with Liverpool losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace, but he spoke after the game to the Liverpool fans. “I’ve been dreading this moment, because I’m going to miss it so much” said the former England captain. Gerrard added, “I’ve loved every minute of it [playing at Anfield], and I’m devastated it’s never going to happen again.” When asked what his best memory in a Liverpool shirt was, Gerrard said “I think it’s very difficult to pick one, I think the first time I ran out thanks to this man to my left [Graemme Sounness], is a moment I’ll never forget, the first time you ever play for Liverpool Football Club is a dream come true.” Speaking about whether he thought the reds could do well without him, Gerrard praised the team by saying “As you can see, there is unbelievable potential in the squad.”
When he got the opportunity to talk to the Liverpool fans, Steven Gerrard said “First and foremost I’d like to thank everyone at the club who has helped me over the last 17 years, from top to bottom there is no order, there is too many people to name. I’d like to thank all my teammates in the squad today, even the ones that never got on, all the ex-players who I’ve played with over the years, they’ve made me the player I am today, but I have to save my last thank you to the most important people at any football club, these supporters stand out more than any of them [other fans].” The crowd then went on to sign “Steven Gerrard is our captain, Steven Gerrard is a red, Steven Gerrard plays for Liverpool, a scouser born and bred.”
The 35-year old footballing legend still has one last game to play, and it takes place on the May 24 against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. It was an extremely emotional game on Saturday, and I’m sure it will be again at the Britannia when Gerrard will come out of the tunnel with a Liverpool jersey on for one last time.