Steven Gerrard. Captain Fantastic. He's been a Liverpool man since birth, and in his 12-year professional career with the Reds, he's done it all and won it all save one precious trophy.
Liverpool fans voted him second on the list of all-time "Players Who Shook the Kop," but the man who came in first, "King" Kenny Dalglish, would probably say the places should be switched.
More than being an outstanding footballer who's scored some of the most important goals in Liverpool's history, he is the last player to come out of the Liverpool Academy and really shine. He's one of very few world footballers who, when the ball is at his feet, he can make anything happen.
He is the definition of "cool", can pass the ball 40 yards (so they sing) with pin-point accuracy while at the same time bossing around and dominating the midfield. He is also the one everyone looks to in the dressing room.
Now that "Stevie G" is pushing 31 years of age, and injuries are starting to take bigger chunks out of his playing time, the Reds need someone to step into his very large shoes in the coming years.
He likely only has three or four more years as a footballer, and they will be at Liverpool. If Roy Hodgson was still in charge, I'd be a little scared of Gerrard possibly leaving in the summer (Jose Mourinho has been sending him love letters for years), but with Kenny in charge, there's no chance.
It takes a lot to be Steven Gerrard, but, in no way, is it impossible.
Liverpool has most of the possible successors already in their ranks. Gerrard isn't the first of his kind to play for Liverpool, and here's hoping he won't be the last!
Some of these players will hope to be the next Steven Gerrard for years to come, while some will need to take his place in games he will surely miss—due to injury or just taking a rest—in the coming few years.
No particular order to the list.