Nobody in football sum up the emotions of football quite like Steven Gerrard. Encapsulating the highs and the lows of the beautiful game, Steven became one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and is considered a Liverpool and England legend. He is now the manager of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, hoping to return them to the pinnacle of the game. Gerrard is also the fourth-most capped player in the history of the England national team with 114 caps and 21 goals. He captained his country on several occasions, including in the 2014 World Cup. After spending almost the entirety of his playing career with his hometown team, Liverpool, Steven Gerrard showcased great loyalty and passion for the club - in a fascinating stint between 1998-2015.
Playing 710 games, scoring 186 goals, captaining the club and winning the Champions League, FA Cup twice, League Cup three times, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Community Shield - Steven set himself out alongside the likes of Sir Kenny Dalglish as one of Liverpool's greatest ever players, with a 2016 Telegraph poll even naming him as number one. He also made the third highest appearances in the club's history and sits fifth on the all-time top scorers' list.
While many before him enjoyed success as part of a Liverpool juggernaut, Steven Gerrard was the consistent presence in an ever-changing setup. Steven's role as captain of the club inspired Liverpool to some of the most memorable victories in footballing history. Perhaps most notable was Steven's remarkable showing in the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul. With Liverpool 3-0 down to Milan in their biggest fixture for years, in trademark Steven Gerrard fashion, he gave a half-time speech that would change everything. Fifteen minutes later he guided an inch-perfect header past Dida and into the bottom corner of the net to set Liverpool on their way to a dramatic comeback.
Waving his arms to rouse the crowd and players, Steven had not only changed the scoreline but also the whole outlook of the game. He went on to win Liverpool the penalty to make it 3-3, prompting Liverpool to take the game to extra time and penalties - where they eventually won the incredible fixture. Istanbul presented just one of Steven's most memorable moments. In a career that saw him display unrivalled leadership, drive and determination. Steven is able to inspire any team or audience with keynote speeches on teamwork, overcoming adversity, sporting success and management.
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