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Steven Gerrard: Top 10 Moments of Liverpool Captain's Career

Thomas AtzenhofferCorrespondent IIMay 23, 2012

Steven Gerrard: Top 10 Moments of Liverpool Captain's Career

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    Steven Gerrard's name is already treated reverently by the Liverpool fans, but by the end of his career, there will be few players left that are more loved by the Kop.

    At 31 years old, Gerrard has been part of some of the club's greatest moments, but he's also endured some of their worst.

    With only about five years expected to be left in his career if he stays fit and wants to play (granted, he could be the Liverpool Ryan Giggs), there is little time to waste in the hopes of returning the club to glory.

    As Gerrard embarks on the next leg of his Liverpool journey this summer, he can only hope the next manager for the club will lead the way back to English and European glory.

    If there is one Liverpool player that deserves to be the man to bring the English Premier League title to Anfield, it is Gerrard.

First England Goal

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    Steven Gerrard scored a decisive goal against Germany during the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification run for England on September 1, 2001.

    It marked the continued success of his 2001 rise to fame and superstardom.

First Liverpool Goal

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    Steven Gerrard scored his first senior goal against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, December 5, 1999 in a 4-1 victory at Anfield.

    It was the Reds' fifth win in a row at the time, and although Gerrard was only on the team sheet because of injuries to key players, it was a stepping stone for him to finally get the goal monkey off his back.

The Worthington Cup, 2000-01

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    The first piece of silverware that Steven Gerrard got his hands on with Liverpool was the 2000-01 League Cup.

    It marked the beginning of a remarkable six seasons that would only fail to see silverware once.

2001 Young Player and Fans' Player of the Year

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    Steven Gerrard made 50 starts and scored 10 goals along the way to the Reds' treble season.

    He also won over the fans and the players, as he was awarded his first pieces of individual praise with the 2001 PFA Young Player of the Year and also the PFA Fans' Player of the Year awards.

England Captain Once More

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    Although he is yet to take the field as the official England captain, it is about time that Steven Gerrard was given the privilege of leading his nation on the pitch once more since the 2010 World Cup.

    When John Terry was first stripped of captaincy, Gerrard was calm and cool when asked if he wanted the armband, saying, "Yep," according to The Sun. But Stuart Pierce handed the job surprisingly to Scott Parker.

    However, upon Roy Hodgson taking the job as the England manager, he called upon his former player, Gerrard, to lead his nation into the 2012 European Championships.

2000-01 Treble to Remember

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    The Worthington Cup was only the beginning for Liverpool in the 2000-01 season.

    Liverpool were given a tremendous boost of confidence from their League Cup triumph, which they took in stride.

    It was a stride so long that by the time they were done, The FA Cup, UEFA Cup and European Supercup were all in the Anfield trophy cabinet.

The Armband Cometh

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    In October of 2003, Steven Gerrard officially took over the Liverpool captaincy from would-be club legend Sami Hyypia.

    The legendary Finnish defender took it in stride, as Gerrard began to elevate his game and his club even more once he began his transition to "Captain Fantastic."

Ending the Drought

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    Although it was shaky, ending the trophy drought for Liverpool was at least one piece of success that came from a deplorably disappointing 2011-12 season.

    Liverpool managed to lift the 2011-12 Carling Cup thanks to some late heroics by Dirk Kuyt and then an unfortunate miss from Steven Gerrard's young cousin, Anthony Gerrard of Cardiff City.

    It gave the fans hope that perhaps the club have some fight left in them to get back to the top, and Gerrard continues to be a focus of that future.

Almost Greatness 2008-09

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    The 2008-09 season was the finest individual league season of Steven Gerrard's life.

    Not only did he eventually earn the FWA Footballer of the Year award, Gerrard was only points away from finally returning the English League title to Anfield.

    Gerrard made 60 total appearances, scoring 29 goals and providing 13 assists during the finest non-trophy season of his Liverpool career.

2005 Miracle in Istanbul

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    The greatest moment of Steven Gerrard's career by far has to be the night he started the second-half comeback that saw Liverpool overturn an 0-3 deficit against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League final.

    It capped the night to see the Reds crowned the comeback kings, as they lifted the ultimate club prize for the first time since 1984.

Conclusion

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    Steven Gerrard still has some time left to make a few more top-10 moments in his career, but the Reds need to make some changes in order for that to happen.

    While there are other moments—such as Gerrard's first hat trick and his first Merseyside Derby and Manchester United rivalry victories—to me, those are his top 10.

    What are your picks for Stevie G's top 10 greatest moments?

    Thanks for reading. You can follow me on Twitter @thedailyatz, Facebook and Pinterest.

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