Influential Reds captain produces a season best as Brendan Rodgers oversees an away annihilation of Cardiff City.
While Liverpool's strikers, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge reap the headlining rewards for their goal-scoring prowess (four goals combined) against Cardiff City away from home on Saturday, March 22, captain Steven Gerrard was at his influential best as the midfield leader was responsible for two successful tackles from six attempts, 80% aerial success, four clearances and an astonishing 92% passing accuracy thanks to 100 completed from 108 attempts.
Liverpool's 6-3 rout at Cardiff City Stadium ensured they remained firmly in the hunt for the Premier League title, four points adrift of pace-setting Chelsea but with a game in hand and a fairly minimal concern regarding their injury list - just one, Jose Enrique sidelined with a knee problem, but a stark contrast to the three absent from Chelsea (Marco van Ginkel, Ashley Cole and Samuel Eto'o) and four at Manchester City (Edin Dzeko, Matija Nastasic, Sergio Aguero and Micah Richards).
Gerrard has been an ever-present in the run that has seen Liverpool climb to a high and mighty second in the league ladder yet his statistics from the Cardiff match were a season high for him. Only defender Glen Johnson with 136 touches against Fulham was on the ball more than Gerrard (122 touches) was versus Cardiff.
|Glen Johnson||Liverpool vs Fulham||11||136|
|Steven Gerrard||Cardiff vs Liverpool||31||122|
|Steven Gerrard||Newcastle vs Liverpool||08||119|
|Steven Gerrard||Liverpool vs Stoke||01||113|
|Martin Skrtel||Fulham vs Liverpool||26||112|
When it came to both total passes and accurate passes, Gerrard, 33-years-old, set club records in both categories with 100 completed from a haul of 108, surpassing Lucas Leiva's previous return against the same club - albeit at Anfield - completing 91 from 98 pass attempts earlier this season.
|Steven Gerrard||Cardiff vs Liverpool||31||108||100|
|Lucas Leiva||Liverpool vs Cardiff||17||98||91|
|Steven Gerrard||Newcastle vs Liverpool||08||97||89|
|Lucas Leiva||Liverpool vs Fulham||11||91||88|
|Glen Johnson||Liverpool vs Fulham||11||90||83|
As it turned out, Gerrard was the 14th player to reach the milestone of 100 completed passes, joining an elite group featuring chart-topping Michael Carrick (135 passes completed against Crystal Palace), Mikel Arteta (122 against Crystal Palace) and Cheick Tiote (121 against - again - Crystal Palace), with Yaya Toure, Jonathan de Guzman and Nabil Bentaleb also featuring prominently.
|Michael Carrick||Crystal Palace vs Man United||27||Man United||135|
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal vs Crystal Palace||24||Arsenal||122|
|Cheick Tioté||Newcastle vs Crystal Palace||31||Newcastle||121|
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal vs Sunderland||27||Arsenal||112|
|Steven Davis||Southampton vs Aston Villa||14||Southampton||110|
|Yaya Touré||Man City vs Norwich||10||Man City||110|
|Yaya Touré||Man City vs Stoke||27||Man City||110|
|Jonathan De Guzmán||Aston Villa vs Swansea||19||Swansea||107|
|Jonathan De Guzmán||Swansea vs Newcastle||14||Swansea||105|
|Michael Carrick||Sunderland vs Man United||07||Man United||102|
|José Cañas||Aston Villa vs Swansea||19||Swansea||102|
|Nabil Bentaleb||Spurs vs Crystal Palace||21||Spurs||100|
|Steven Gerrard||Cardiff vs Liverpool||31||Liverpool||100|
|Matija Nastasic||Man City vs Crystal Palace||19||Man City||100|