The eventual retirement announcement of former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard came back in November after a playing career of 19 years, following his departure from LA Galaxy. His 19 year career included 710 appearances for Liverpool where he scored 186 goals for the club – winning 8 major trophies. He also became the captain of Liverpool in 2003.
Steven Gerrard is currently England’s 4th most capped player, representing his country on 114 occasions and captaining England at 3 major tournaments, where of course England came back with nothing. He has however won significant honours at his club, this included the Champions League in 2005 where he spearheaded a comeback victory (on penalties) in the absolute thriller of the final between Liverpool and AC Milan in Istanbul. As well as his goal in that game, he scored what could be classed as one of the most important goals in his career when he put Liverpool 3-1 up against Olympiakos in the dying seconds of their last group stage game that same season, in order to qualify Liverpool for the Champions League knockout stages. Another of his most well known honours among all English fans was Liverpool’s FA Cup Final victory over West Ham United in 2006 (nicknamed the Gerrard Final) where he again spearheaded Liverpools victory with 2 goals and an assist. This included what has to be regarded as one of the best goals in FA Cup history when in the dying seconds of the game Gerrard hits a ball coming towards him from 35 yards out into the bottom left to put Liverpool back on level terms with West Ham (3-3). Liverpool then went on to win the final on penalties. Those two matches can certainly be seen as the greatest of Gerrard’s career and two matches that his name will certainly be etched in.
Gerrard has been linked with a managerial role at MK Dons, however he said that the opportunity for him to move into a managerial role had come a bit too soon. Current manager of his boy hood club Jurgen Klopp said back in October that there will always be space for Gerrard at Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard made his debut for Liverpool back in November of 1998 when Liverpool played former Premier League Champions Blackburn Rovers. Since then he played over 700 games the majority of which he spent as Captain of Liverpool. Steven Gerrard made his international debut back in 2000 against Ukraine at the old Wembley. The following year he scored his first international goal in England’s forever famous 5-1 victory over Germany, on their turf. He retired from international duty after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with 114 caps to his name.
Steven Gerrard broke the hearts of many Liverpool fans when he left the club in 2015 to join MLS side LA Galaxy. His last match at LA Galaxy before retiring was their 5-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on November 6th. Some see it as inevitbale that soon Stevie G will land his first managerial role. What do think?
One thing is for sure, Steven Gerrard will be someone known forever in association with English Football and Liverpool.