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Steven Gerrard | The two most important goals of his career

I’m not a Liverpool supporter, but I love football and that’s why I think it’s appropriate to salute a true ‘great of the game’. On Saturday Steven Gerrard played his final game in front of the Anfield faithful and, while the result on the day went against them, it was a fitting send off for arguably Liverpool’s greatest player. In a career that’s spanned almost two decades, I was wondering which goals he might look back on as his most telling? I think I have found two of his goals that had more significance than all his others, combined.

Steven Gerrard scored some absolute crackers for club and country and will be best known for his sublime ability to hit the back of the net, from a distance. Personally, I think his equalizing goal against Middlesbrough, in 2005, was the best he has ever scored, but, for me, the following goals are the most definitive of his entire career.

Liverpool 3-1 Olympiakos – 8th December 2004

Going into this game, Liverpool needed a win against the Greeks to make it through to the knockout stage of the Champions League, with Monaco. Olympiakos had taken the lead through Brazilian Rivaldo, who netted a free kick after he had been brought down just outside the penalty area. That left Liverpool needing 3 goals to qualify. Florent Pongolle got one back, Neil Mellor got the second, but Liverpool still required that elusive 3rd goal. Mellor teed up Steven Gerrard and he finished in style, from 25 yards, to win the game, with less than four minutes on the clock, and help Liverpool progressed in the competition.

Not only was this Gerrard’s most important Liverpool goal, but it was also the best bit of football commentary you will ever hear. If you have never heard this clip, do yourself a favour and give it a play, now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3l-sdU9d0E

2004/2005 UEFA Champions League Final – Liverpool 3 – Milan 3 (Liverpool win on penalties)  – 25th May 2005

I can’t recall watching a more thrilling game of football. It’s almost 10 years on now (to the day) and I can still recall how that game played out. Liverpool looked dead and buried at the half way stage of the contest. They had been totally outplayed by a Milan side who turned up to play. Crespo was unstoppable in the first 45 minutes of that final and Milan lead Liverpool 3 – 0 at the break. Nobody could have predicted what would happen next. An inspired Liverpool, led by captain courageous, Steven Gerrard, rallied back and once his 54th minute header hit the back of the net, you kinda knew that something special might be taking place, in Istanbul. Within 6 minutes of Gerrard’s goal, Liverpool were level and after a nail biting penalty shoot out they managed to snatch the trophy away from Milan. Even for a neutral fan like myself, it was a spell bounding evening of European football, which will probably never be repeated again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJXGf8zUBUU

Sure Gerrard scored plenty of goals in his career, but hands down these two goals will be what the Liverpool faithful remember him for, long after he finally hangs up his boots.

SLEB

4 replies on “Steven Gerrard | The two most important goals of his career”

They don’t come like Stevie G and more. He sacrificed trophies to play for the club he loves. Sad to see him go, but you know he will be back

There will not be another like Stevie G. He sacrifced trophies to play for the club he loves. Sad to see him go, but you know he will be back

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