Steven Gerrard Retires: 5 Times The Liverpool Legend Shook The World
Posted by Bryan | Published on November 24, 2016
Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard has drawn down the curtains on a spectacular career that spanned 19 years, yielded 8 major trophies and saw him make a massive 710 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 186 goals in the process. In a statement, the former skipper said:
“Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football. I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.”
“Thank you to the amazing fans of Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy for the incredible backing you have given me throughout my career. Your loyalty and support has meant the world.”
“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be. I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.”
Twitter exploded with tributes at the news of Gerrard’s retirement, with former teammates and opponents alike lauding the former Liverpool captain for his achievements and influence in football. Here we recall five historic moments when Steven Gerrard shook the footballing world.
1.The Miracle of Istanbul
Istanbul. Three goals down at half-time. Captain fantastic to the rescue. Five-times European Champions. It is a tale which needs little re-telling as even after more than a decade has passed since that night, Liverpool fans and neutrals alike continue to recount fervently the events of that shocking night that ended with Steven Gerrard lifting the European Cup and Liverpool’s landmark fifth in the competition. It was also that night which firmly established Steven Gerrard’s place in Liverpool history, with the skipper leading the miraculous fightback with a towering header out of nowhere before winning the penalty which led to his side equaliser that stunned AC Milan and shook the footballing world.
2.The Gerrard Final
Another final and another masterclass from captain Steven Gerrard that day as once again he inspired the Reds to a stirring comeback in a cup final. But this time it proved to be an even more stunning individual effort at the end when Gerrard hit his most memorable goal ever in the FA Cup. The commentator describes it all full glory as once again Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard shook the footballing world that was watching.
3. Humbling Real Madrid
This was not so much of a one-man show from the Liverpool icon, but he no doubt played a large part in a very memorable Liverpool performance, his calmly dispatched penalty followed by a beautifully executed finish from Ryan Babel’s cross knocked the air out of Real Madrid and gave his side a stunning 4-0 win.
4. Historic Everton Hat-Trick
It was as if Steven Gerrard felt that he had not assured himself of his status as a Liverpool great that he decided to write himself more blatantly into the history books by marking his 400th Premier League game with a derby hat-trick: becoming the first player to net a the Merseyside derby hat-trick since Ian Rush at Goodison Park in 1982 and also being the first Liverpool player to score three in the derby at Anfield since Fred Howe in 1935. Historic.
5. His Liverpool Departure
As Steven Gerrard’s powers on the pitch naturally began to wane as he moved into his thirties and with Liverpool focusing largely on a high-intensity high pressing playing style under then manager Brendan Rodgers, there was constant scrutiny on the aging skipper’s performances on the field, with many believing that Gerrard no longer had the means to be that all-action midfielder capable of leading his team’s charge and stunning the world with performances like that of against AC Milan and West Ham United. But such was the influence and respect for the Liverpool icon that the world was shaken once again when he announced his decision to leave Liverpool in 2015.