Regarded by many as one of the greatest English midfielders in history, a real leader, and a tireless runner with superb vision. With his striking from distance feared around the world and a prolific scorer for a midfielder, Steven Gerard is a hero at Anfield.
The 33 year old Whiston born midfielder is one of the greatest players to have ever don the Kop shirt after succeeding Sami Hyypiä as team captain in 2003. He is regarded as one of the greatest skippers of our time, Gerard has never won the English Premier League since turning pro in 1997, and on Saturday Liverpool took yet another step closer to winning the tittle. Stevie has been a marvel to watch and an inspiration to many.
His hunger and desire to win the league title was evident in the festive season when he persuaded controversial, yet talented, Luiz Suarez to commit himself to the club by signing a long-term contract. And this has paid dividends as Suarez's performances, together with those of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson has carried the club the top.
If you’d have asked anyone at the start of the season what the likelihood was that Gerard and the Reds would win the Premier League title then you’d have got laughed out of the room. But if you’d have said that Rafael Benitez’s team were going to win the 2004/05 Champions League when the tournament started, when Liverpool were struggling in the group stages, when they faced Juventus and then Chelsea or when AC Milan left the pitch at half-time in the final, then you’d have got the same response.
This set of fans (Kop fans) know about upsetting the odds. But it seems unlikely that we'll see an upset this time around. Should Liverpool beat Chelsea at Anfield, they will, in all likeness, be home and dry. Many believe Gerard's best season was back in 200/2001 when he came back from an injury to make fifty appearances in all competitions, scoring a return of 10 goals, winning the League Cup, the Uefa Cup and the FA Cup.
This season, after making over 29 appearances, netting 13 times and10 assists, the skipper has an average rating of 7.72. But he has played most, 17, of them as a centre midfield, netting 8 times and assisting with 9. His pass success rate of 86%, 51 shots at an average of 1.7 per game, 3 man of the match performances, and winning 32 of 66 areal duels/battles so far this season at an average of 1.1 per game, has really made this season one the skipper will forever remember for the rest of his life.
I have no single doubt whatsoever in my mind, after having noticed tears come out of Gerrard’s eyes, that this one is way bigger than them all, including the UEFA Champions League.