No matter how many times a football player scores, there's going to be a few goals that they will always remember. How many times have England and Liverpool looked down and out, fighting for a point, when Captain Fantastic pops up with a goal to break opposition hearts? Many a time. It's been a feature of the talismanic skippers career to score the important goals, in finals, in quarter finals, in important league showdowns. Here are a few, that you'll all remember.
Maybe it would have been better for English football if Gerrard hadn't scored two brilliant goals two give England a 2-1 win over Hungary at Wembley. The first goal, a long range effort which has become a sort of Gerrard trademark, while the second was pure magic. Gerrard received the ball from Ashley Young, beat two Hungarians and slotted with ease past the Hungarian keeper.
That day, Gerrard saved the national team from embarassment, albeit that the Hungarian goal never crossed the line.
Capello owes you one, Stevie.
This penalty was the goal that gave Liverpool the lead at Old Trafford, allowing them to push on to an eventual 4-1 win, in a potential title decider. Yes, Liverpool didn't win the title in the end, but they were very close, and if Gerrard hadn't scored this goal, the 2009 Premier League run in wouldn't have been anywhere near as close.
It was also a mark that Liverpool were getting stronger and could have easily hit five past United at their own ground. Moreover, it marked the end of a record. Cristiano Ronaldo had never been on the losing side when he had scored for Manchester United. That record, along with United's smug grins and home ground confidence, evaporated that day.
Boom! Real Madrid were sent crashing out of the Champons League after a 4-0 defeat to the reds at Anfield. This goal made it 2-0 on the night, 3-0 on aggregate, and shut the door in Real Madrid fans' face. Like most Gerrard goals, this goal was a great one. Arriving late into the area. Gerrard blasted a half volley into the top left hand corner, beating the best goalkeeper in the world.
If you're wondering where this penalty ended up, it ends up in the top left hand corner. Let me fill you in. A first leg Champions League quarter final at the Emirates ended 1-1, as all Liverpool-Arsenal games seem to end. At Anfield however, Arsenal took the lead, before Hypia and Torres gave us a 2-1 lead. Then, towards the end of the match, Arsenal looked to be going through when Emanuel Adebayor mate it 2-2. Liverpool were crashing out at home, in the quarter finals. Yet, 60 seconds later, Ryan Babel was fouled in the area, and Gerrard converted the spot kick to send Liverpool into the Semi-Finals.
The game ended 4-2, but it was Gerrard who lifted Liverpool away from defeat that day.
A trademark Liverpool comeback isn't complete without a Gerrard goal. There it is and it's harder to find a better strike, particularly under such pressure, anywhere. This goal is regarded by many as his best so far, so step back, and to quote an ecstatic Andy Gray, "Have a look boys."
His best performance in a red shirt, he lifted the whole team with an assist and two great goals, as well as scoring his sport kick. This game typifies the scouser and I can't really say more about his talent.
Just watch the video, it tells you all you need to know.
Not much I can say about one of the greatest finals of all time.
There's more to come
As per usual, comment if anything is seriously wrong. It's been a pleasure writing for you guys, hope you enjoyed it. One thing's for sure, there's more to come of Steven Gerrard. If the videos don't work, I guess I can throw a fit at YouTube, or you can just watch them there. :)