There'll never be another like Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard is a name that has become synonymous with Liverpool Football Club over the last decade and a half. Over the years, he has not just become a fan favorite but also a true Liverpool Legend.. And was recently picked as the greatest ever player, in the history of the club. And one look at what Gerrard has done and achieved in his career shows you that it is not without reason that he has been given that title.
Ever since his debut in 1998, Gerrard has gone from achievement to achievement, thus cementing his place amongst the all-time greats of the game. Along with his skills on the pitch, Gerrard is also admired for his loyalty towards Liverpool football club.
For instance, Jose Mourinho has acknowledged trying to sign to the now outgoing Liverpool skipper on multiple occasions, but Gerrard’s love for Liverpool and its fans has kept him at Anfield, till this day.
Further, even while announcing his now imminent departure from the Reds earlier this season, Gerrard did confirm and clarify that he would not move to another English Club, thus choosing the MLS as the ideal new challenge for himself in the latter part of his career.
Having mentioned his longevity in the game and at Liverpool it goes without saying that such a lengthy career has not always been a smooth ride for Stevie G. The highest peak in Gerrard’s career has to be the Champions League triumph in 2005.
For who can ever forget that fateful night in Istanbul on which Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks ever in football history to beat AC Milan. Gerrard played a pivotal part in the clubs victory scoring Liverpool’s equalizer, on the way to Liverpool winning the competition for the fifth time in their history.
On the other hand, two of Gerrard’s lowest moments at Liverpool would consist of the infamous slip against Chelsea that essentially cost Liverpool the chance to win their first title in the Premier League era. And also most recently the uncharacteristic stamp on Ander Herrera during the recent fixture against Manchester United would also be remembered not so fondly by neither Gerrard nor his fans.
However, I do believe it would be not just unfair to Gerrard but also stupid to remember him for the few mistakes that he has committed over his career at Liverpool. If Gerrard is to be remembered, it must be for his passion for the game, his never say die attitude, his loyalty and undoubtedly for his leadership skills.
As he prepares for his last game in a Liverpool shirt against Stoke City, I believe Gerrard should be remembered and reminded of all the hits in his career, rather than the misses. And this includes missing out on winning the Premier Leauge with Liverpool and one must also keep in mind the fact that Gerrard has actually managed to win the Champions League for Liverpool.
All said and done, the greatness of Steven Gerrard cannot be debated one bit. Love him or hate him, you just have to admit, that Steven Gerrard was one of a kind, there never has been, nor will the ever be another like him.
Thank you for the memories Steven, You Will Never Walk Alone, for you will always be in the hearts and minds of every football fan, who loves the beautiful game.