Steven Gerrard represents the last of a dying breed in world football. A midfielder that could do it all: score, pass, create, defend, tackle, and lead. A midfielder that grew up in a city and played for the team that he was a fan of as a kid. A midfielder that stayed with that team, captained that team, and became a legend. Throughout his career, Stevie G was the subject of interest from other clubs, the likes of Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid. He chose to remain loyal to the city and fans he loves over money and trophies. A constant savior for Liverpool in games they probably should not have won; the game winning goal against Olympiacos to put them through to the group stages of the Champion’s League, the first goal in the Champion’s League final in Istanbul that lead to a Red Revival and brought Liverpool its 5th European title, and two goals in the 2006 FA Cup final, which is better known as “The Gerrard Final.” As Stevie approaches his final game in a Red jersey, the football world has reacted with nostalgia and respect. Allies and enemies alike have bid farewell to a man that could go toe to toe with anyone in the center of the pitch, that could pull a rabbit from out of a hat at the critical moment, and that could inspire his teammates, coaches, and fans around the world to believe in Red. Steven Gerrard, take a bow.
Author: Andrew Scanlon