Re-live some of the most defining moments of Steven Gerrard’s career after he announced his retirement from professional football.
Liverpool v Manchester United, Premier League, March 2001
As he has done many times since, Gerrard collected a knockdown in midfield, advanced a few yards before firing a screamer past Fabien Barthez to open the scoring.
It paved the way for Liverpool’s first league double over United for 22 years after Robbie Fowler added a second, with Danny Murphy’s dismissal after half-time not altering the 2-0 scoreline.
Liverpool v Olympiacos, Champions League, December 2004
The significance of this goal was only felt six months later when Liverpool went on to win the Champions League. Needing to beat the Greeks by two clear goals to get out of the group stage Liverpool were 2-1 up with just four minutes remaining.
When the ball was teed up by Neil Mellor’s cushioned header Gerrard produced a trademark strike from distance, smashing in a low half-volley, to ultimately set the Reds on their way to a fifth European Cup.
Liverpool v Middlesbrough, Premier League, April 2005
Technically one of Gerrard’s best goals. Collecting the ball 40 yards out he controlled it on his instep, allowed it to bounce twice and hammered an arcing, bending angled shot into the top corner with the outside of his right foot.
The goal deserved more than the point it earned in a 1-1 draw after cancelling out Szilard Nemeth’s early opener. But with a crucial Champions League semi-final at home to Chelsea looming three days later no one was looking at the implications for the league table.
Liverpool v AC Milan, Champions League, May 2005
Not the best nor most spectacular goal of his career but arguably one of the most important. Trailing 3-0 at half-time Gerrard’s twisting header nine minutes into the second half sparked one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time as Liverpool scored a further two times to take the game to extra time and then penalties where Gerrard, as the fifth taker, was not even required. Milan scored just two of their spot-kicks to end Liverpool’s 21-year wait for a fifth European Cup.
Liverpool v West Ham, FA Cup, May 2006
Gerrard’s first goal in the final, to equalise at 2-2, is largely forgotten because of what came after. Trailing 3-2 in the 90th minute the ball dropped to the midfielder, stricken by cramp, 30 yards from goal and he lashed in a shot which arrowed into the bottom corner of the net.
With no further goals in extra time the match went to penalties where, inevitably, Gerrard scored as Liverpool won the shootout 3-1.
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