Influential captain Steven Gerrard's honour roll makes for impressive reading… he has won five domestic cups, two major European titles and two minor, was a 2005 bronze recipient of the Ballon d'Or, a UEFA footballer of the year, a players' player of the year and included in the FIFPro World XI three times.
The spirit of Istanbul in 2005 may not have been invoked had it not been for his leadership, his ability to never-say-die despite slumping to a 3-0 score at half-time against a then-powerhouse of European soccer; AC Milan - and the fact the club turned it around, won the Champions League then repeated the feat in the FA Cup the following year, this time scalping West Ham United in a climactic battle.
While Gerrard has long been heralded as a Kop king, he has also invaded other territories and has helped his own subjects while ruling his opponents at the Millennium Stadium, Ataturk and can perhaps now count Old Trafford as a territory he excels in.
The Englishman has now scored five goals inside United's ground in Premier League competition - "more than any other visiting player in the competition's history," according to the division's official website as Gerrard sets a record as an opponent at Stretford.
The statement also goes on to explain that Liverpool were successful in limiting any impact United hoped to have in front of their own fans as they attempted just one shot on target, one denied in the 44th minute - the first time they have been reduced to that inefficiency in almost five years (May, 2009).