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Once in a generation a player comes along to whom nothing seems impossible. Luckily that man wears the No.8 shirt at Anfield.
Their inspirational captain is one of the most complete footballers in the world – blessed with power, pace, touch and a never-say-die attitude. Stevie G has it all and rarely have these attributes been more apparent than when he skippered the Reds to 2005 Champions League glory in Istanbul.
Steven's home ground journey began when he was spotted playing for Whiston Juniors aged nine. Eight years later, after a period as a trainee, he signed his first professional contract. Within 12 months the star-to-be made his first-team debut against Blackburn Rovers on November 29, 1998.
Within a season, Steven had established himself as the complete box-to-box midfielder and was instrumental in the Reds winning a unique treble in 2001. With the Worthington and FA Cups already in the cabinet, Steven was one of the scorers in an unforgettable 5-4 UEFA Cup final triumph over Alaves. It came as no surprise when the man nicknamed the Huyton Hammer was voted the PFA’s Young Player of the Year.
Memorable moments just kept coming and Steven kicked off the following season by netting his first international goal in the famous 5-1 trouncing of Germany in their own backyard.
By the start of 2003-04, the No.8 had firmly established himself as Liverpool's on-field leader and it was no surprise when Gerard Houllier handed him the captain's armband in place of Sami Hyypia.
Just when it seemed things couldn't get any better for the Scouser, he enjoyed the greatest night of his sporting career. On May 25, 2005, under new boss Rafael Benitez, Steven lifted the club's fifth European Cup.
Having already brought Liverpool back from the brink earlier in the campaign with a superlative strike against Olympiacos, the skipper helped inspire the greatest Champions League comeback of all time in Istanbul.
No one believed the Reds could overturn AC Milan's 3-0 half-time lead - until Stevie G's 54th minute header. His heroics earned him the title of UEFA's Most Valuable Player, as well as a nomination for the prestigious Ballon D'Or award. He came third behind Ronaldinho and fellow countryman Frank Lampard.
Following the triumph in Istanbul, Steven went on to enjoy his most impressive season to date, scoring 23 goals in 53 games and being crowned PFA Player of the Year.
The 2005-06 campaign culminated with another Liverpool FA Cup win, this time against West Ham in Cardiff. If 1953 is remembered as the Stanley Matthews FA Cup final, then 2006 will surely go down as Gerrard's day.
The midfielder twice breached Shaka Hislop's net, including a dramatic equaliser in the dying moments to send the game into extra-time and then penalties. His 35 yards volley was voted Match of the Day's Goal of the Season.
Steven - who's played in just about every position for Liverpool - had now scored in four major finals, something no English-based player had ever done.
In December 2006, the home ground idol was awarded an MBE that he later collected from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Steven scored 24 goals during 2008-09, a personal record which earned him the Football Writers' Player of the Year for the first time.
In February 2012, Steven led Liverpool onto the Wembley turf for the first time. Although he missed a penalty in the shoot-out against Cardiff City, it was the Reds who eventually prevailed and Steven who climbed the Wembley steps to lift the Carling Cup.

Statistics

Squad Number 8
Position Midfielder
Date of Birth May 30, 1980
Height 1.83m
Weight 83kg
Town of Birth Whiston
Country of Birth England
Total LFC Appearances 657
Total LFC Goals 167
Nationality English
Signed for LFC November 5, 1997
LFC Debut December 8, 1998

Honours

FA Cup (2000–01, 2005–06)

League Cup (2000–01, 2002–03, 2011–12)

FA Community Shield (2001, 2006)

UEFA Champions League (2004–05)

UEFA Cup (2000–01)

UEFA Super Cup (2001, 2005)

Ballon d'Or Bronze Award (2005)

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (2005)

FWA Footballer of the Year (2009)

FWA Tribute Award (2013)

PFA Players' Player of the Year (2006)

PFA Young Player of the Year (2001)

PFA Fans' Player of the Year (2001, 2009)

England Player of the Year Award (2007, 2012)

PFA Team of the Year (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University (2008)

Liverpool Top Goal scorer (2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09)

UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament (2012)

UEFA Team of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007)

FIFA/FIFPro World XI (2007, 2008, 2009)

ESM Team of the Year (2008–09)

Goal of the Season (2006)

FA Cup Final Man of the Match (2006)

UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match (2005)

Member of the Order of the British Empire (2007)

IFFHS World's Most Popular Footballer (2006)

Premier League Player of the Month Award (March 2001, March 2003, December 2004, April 2006, March 2009)

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award – 3rd Place (2005)

Football Heroes

John Barnes
Peter Beardsley

Players He Admires

Roy Keane
Patrick Vieira

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Birthday Suprise

"Certain members of the English squad broke into my bedroom and put toothpaste in my shoes. I'm trying to find out who did it. I have asked Robbie Fowler, and he swore on his baby's life, so it's definitely not Fowler. They are meant to do nice things on your birthday. But it shows the team spirit in the camp. "

Steven on his birthday - May 30, 2000.

First Liverpool Match Watched

"Liverpool vs Coventry at Anfield in 1986. Jan Molby scored three penalties."

First Memory of Wembley Stadium

"My first trip to Wembley was with Michael Owen on a Liverpool day out, watching Liverpool play Leeds in the Charity Shield.”

Likes

Snooker, watching football on TV, Shameless, Gavin & Stacy, a cup of tea with chocolate biscuits.

Cars He Has Owned

Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin Vanquish, Porsche 911 turbo, Porsche Cayenne turbo, Ferrari F430, BMW X5s, Mercedes CLK 320.

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Movie Star

Steven appeared in the 2011 movie Will, which is about an 11 years old Liverpool fan that runs away from home to travel across Europe to watch Liverpool play in the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul. There have been two documentaries on the Liverpool skipper, namely 'Steven Gerrard: A Year In My Life' and 'Steven Gerrard: My Story'. He also appeared in the movie 'Fifteen Minutes That Shook The World', about the epic Champions League final against AC Milan.

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100 Players Who Shook The Kop

Steven was voted No.1 in the most recent "100 Players Who Shook The Kop" poll by Liverpool fans. LFC legend ‘King’ Kenny Dalglish was runner-up.

Biography

Steven’s biography, which was ghostwritten by Henry Winter, won the Sports Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.

Believe It Or Not

When he was 14 years old, Steven had a trial with Manchester United.

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