29th November is a date that no Liverpool fan can ever forget. It was the day a teenager from Merseyside, Steven Gerrard made his debut for his hometown club as a second-half substitute against Blackburn Rovers, and the rest, as they say, was history.
Steven George Gerrard is a man widely regarded as the best to wear the famous red shirt, and this is no puny task given the players that have graced the famous Anfield pitch over the years. He lived the Liverpudlian dream. But with the laurels and the plaudits that he earned, came hardships and difficulties but as they say, Its how you overcome hardships that define you and that is exactly what shaped the legend of a man named Steven Gerrard.
Young blood and early days
“Cut my veins open and will bleed Liverpool red”, he says. He always loved Liverpool with a burning passion. And the will to achieve his childhood dream only intensified when he suffered an accident during his school days. His career was destroyed even before it started, his dreams of lifting the European cup with Liverpool and representing England rested on the skill of a surgeon at the tender age of nine. This was his first hurdle of many during his long, fruitful career playing 710 games and scoring 186 goals for his boyhood club.
Taking the captains armband from Sami Hyypia in 2003, at the age of 23 he seemed destined for greatness. But what made Gerrard special in comparison to other great footballers was his ability to drag his team from the depths of despair through to victory. With his side 3 – 0 down at halftime against AC Milan, his headed goal was the catalyst to one of the most memorable comebacks in footballing history, inspiring his boyhood club to a fifth European cup. Using his arms to gee up the crowd as he ran back towards the centre circle is an image that will live long in the memory of every Liverpool fan.
Rangers Football Club hadn’t qualified for Europe in seven years.
In 1,000 minutes of football under Steven Gerrard, they've qualified, gone top of their group, and are still unbeaten.
— bet365 (@bet365) October 25, 2018
Steven Gerrard – The icon
There are so many iconic goals and performances to choose from when looking back at such an illustrious career. Yet how many players can claim that they have an FA Cup final remembered to their name? He scored twice that day against West Ham. One even in the 90th minute of the game, while suffering from cramp. Liverpool lifted the cup yet again that day, and yet again did so inspired by their captain.
Gerrard has achieved numerous laurels during his time at Liverpool, something that his fans are really proud of.
League cup (3)
FA Cup (2)
UEFA Super Cup
PFA Team of the season (8 times)
Liverpool player of the season (4 times)
UEFA team of the year (3 times)
FIFPro World XI (3 times)
England player of the year ( 2 times)
Ballon D’Or bronze (2005)
UEFA cub footballer of the year (2005)
Apart from this Gerrard is the only player to score in an FA cup final, League cup final, Champions League and a UEFA cup final. Those who try to downplay his achievements by pointing out that he hasn’t won the league title with Liverpool might as well do likewise with Gigi Buffon for not winning the Champions League or Lionel Messi for not wining an international trophy with Argentina. Steven Gerrard could have moved elsewhere and filled his cabinet with trophies but the only reason he didn’t win a league title is that loyalty mattered more to him. Winning trophies with Liverpool meant more to him than winning the League title elsewhere.
“Make us dream” – The documentary
Gerrard represents a dying breed of footballers and it seems highly unlikely we will see another of his like during our lifetime. To Honour and recreate his remarkable journey, Amazon is making a biopic on the Liverpool legend. It will be released in the UK on November 15th and will be added to Amazon Prime video soon after. It would be one every Liverpool fan will be waiting for as they get to relive the journey of “the best they had, and the best they ever will”.
Steve Gerrard Gerrard, he'll pass the ball 40 yards. He’s big and he’s… coming to #PrimeVideo.
Make Us Dream, the biopic about Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is coming soon. pic.twitter.com/PijPpXWXzX
— Prime Video UK (@primevideouk) November 1, 2018