The 33-year-old Liverpool and England captain is one of the finest examples of a top professional you will find in the world. His work-ethic, leadership, focus and commitment, as well as his class as a player and as a role-model, make him every bit a ‘top top player’; in fact I don’t believe you will find a more passionate footballer in England right now.
Not only is he committed to excellence from a technical and physical level, but he is committed to his club. He is simply a one-club man and there are not very many of those around these days. You think of the fair-weather friends and fickle foes in football, where few players ever achieve genuine legend status, despite how often journalists love to use that description.
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Gerrard has been at Liverpool since the tender age of seven, back in 1987 when he joined the academy in his hometown. Born and raised on Merseyside, Gerrard was at Liverpool back when the Reds last won the league title in 1990. He joined the club two years before the Hillsborough disaster that claimed the lives of 96 people in 1989, when Gerrard was just nine years old.
He made his debut for the first team in 1998 and has since made no less than 664 appearances and scored 173 goals and counting. He has almost single-handedly carried the team through the rough and tumble of turbulent years since the glory days of his boyhood, and to the great heights of Champions Leaguetriumph in 2005, the same year he won the Ballon d’Or Bronze Award and was named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year.
But the best may be yet to come for Gerrard and if his team-talk on the pitch after the Reds’ 3-2 win over City at Anfield on Sunday is anything to go by.
You sensed there is no way he will let it slip from his grasp; the Premier League title awaits Gerrard, the same player who could have gone to any other club in the world practically, could have abandoned the club in times of turmoil and instead stuck by his team, and his fans.
Brendan Rodgers may well be the brains behind this title challenge, Luis Suarez the magic and Daniel Sturridge the spark, but Gerrard is the heart of Liverpool Football Club.