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Steven Gerrard: Liverpool Legend Whose Biggest Failure Was Remaining at Anfield

Zaakir HoosenAnalyst IOctober 13, 2010

Steven Gerrard
Steven GerrardAlex Livesey/Getty Images

He might be a legend to many, a hero and in some areas worshiped. Steve G is amongst the crop of highly talented English players whose only honorable achievement to date  is lifting the Champions League trophy in 2004-2005 season.

Apart from that and the two FA Cup medals to his name, Steven Gerrard has very little team success to brag about.

His been awarded with a number of individual awards both by the PFA and in Europe but none can match the disappointment in not having a single League winners medal to his name. 

Amongst the numerous individual awards, third place for the Ballon d'Or is by far his most cherished in terms of European and global recognition for his services and ability.

Gerrard has also been a key part of the National setup, representing England both at the Euro championships and World Cups, his latest outing been South Africa 2010. But again like Liverpool, England has also failed to lift any trophies in recent years. 

At age 30, with around four or so years left in his career can Steven Gerrard make the final strike and lead Liverpool to a league title.

The current situation at Anfield is not assisting the issue, with the ownership battle having gone to court and Liverpool slammed to the bottom in 18th position, the immediate future seems bleak.

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Many might say the only hope, a new ownership, more clear cut investment and a bright start next season, which could be the last and final straw for the current crop to really achieve anything, otherwise the only option, to leave Liverpool for one of the more successful clubs in the modern era.

Can Steven Gerrard whose ability, skill and talent has never been questioned be labeled as one of the best England has to offer without a single league title to his name, no major International honors and with limited time in achieving any.

Gerrard who was amongst many other English players who failed to make head way in the Euro Qualification with a goalless draw to Montenegro last night, will face a tough battle come the weekend when Everton will host their city rivals in what will be more than just pride but rather an important three points to avoid another week in the relegation zone.

Another tough encounter for the Reds, as Fernando Torres is still recovering from a groin injury having excused himself from international duty in the past week, uncertainty whether he will be fit and ready for Sunday's clash.The Spanish forward has returned to training, but the match at Goodison Park would tell if his at a 100% fitness or not.

Another massive set-back been that of Dirk Kuyt, who was taken to hospital after what looked like a serious ankle injury.

This leave Steven Gerrard with some tough work in the front lines, and he would hope for some form of revelation that sees Liverpool through this rather disappointing patch of poor form.

Gerrard will also hope that the takeover be a truly positive one, one that will restart the challenge for the title, if not this season that definitely the next.

A player of his quality and ability deserves some form of recognition in the domestic arena, while he can't be compared to some of the younger more inexperienced players in the league, a simple example of the lack of success Gerrard has is that of Nani, the Manchester United winger who has two league titles, a Champions League medal, English Cup medal and a FIFA World Club Cup medal to his name and he's only 23 years old.

Nani is just one of many United and Chelsea players whose recent success over shadows that of Liverpool stars.

Jamie Carragher a player who has been part of the Liverpool setup since 1990 in the youth structure is another one of the key Liverpool men now at age 32, who has failed to lift the League trophy.

While the challenge and fight for this season continues with Chelsea in front followed by Man City and Manchester United, Liverpool players and fans are just hoping for survival at least till January when more investment can be made in an attempt to have a slightly decent finish come May 2011.

So while Gerrard represents Liverpool in many ways, could his only hope be a move away from Anfield or will he sacrifice a league title for a club which has in some ways failed him.

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