Steven Gerrard Scores 100th Premier League Goal vs. Newcastle United

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard converted a penalty kick late in the first half against Newcastle United to reach the 100 Premier League goal tally.

After a call, and subsequent red card, on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for a foul on striker Luis Suarez, Gerrard stepped up to the spot and calmly fired the penalty past Tim Krul. His strike levelled the match at 1-1.

Gerrard has spent his entire career with Liverpool, where he has been transformed from a young player with plenty of upside into one of the most well-rounded midfielders and best leaders in England.

One thing that has always allowed the English international to stand out is his ability to adapt to what Liverpool needed during any given campaign. When the club needed him to have an attacking focus, he stepped up; when they needed him to settle into a playmaking role, he did.

The stats illustrate that ever-changing role within the squad. He has scored as many as 16 goals in a Premier League campaign but also had seasons where he racked up fewer than five. It all came down to doing whatever it took to help Liverpool win matches.

Reaching the 100-goal mark is a testament to his finishing ability but also to his relentless workrate, which has allowed him to keep playing at a very high level at age 33.

While he isn't always the most talented player on the pitch, he is rarely outworked in the midfield.

His accomplishment has brought him widespread praise, including a social media message from Adidas.

Thanks to his latest milestone, Gerrard will spend another day in the spotlight—and he warrants all the attention he will receive.