Five of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard's greatest Anfield moments

Ahead of his final home game for his boyhood club, we look at five memorable Steven Gerrard moments at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career has been full of many highlights and talismanic performances. This weekend, he makes his final appearance in front of the Kop before he departs for MLS side LA Galaxy.

No doubt he will be given the standing ovation he deserves when manager Brendan Rodgers substitutes him shortly before the end of the game in order to give him a moment in the spotlight - or whatever it was the Liverpool boss said last week when he withdrew him from the action at Stamford Bridge, but I digress!

Plenty has been said about how the Reds will replace their influential skipper, but the 34-year-old will leave many great memories behind for Liverpool fans to cling to. 

There have been times when he has come up with last-minute winners and dragged the side kicking and screaming through games that have contributed to tangible success come the end of the season. 

Among all of that, there have been some very special moments at Anfield, so here are five of them - though there have definitely been more: 

1. First goal v Sheffield Wednesday

The first goal for the boyhood Liverpudlian was always going to be a special moment. Many will have pointed to his first appearance as a substitute appearance against Blackburn Rovers or the goal line clearance that helped the Reds to Merseyside derby victory the season before as the highlight of his early career, but this has to be the pinnacle of his teenage years. 

The way Gerrard danced through the Sheffield Wednesday defence before calmly slotting the ball past Kevin Pressman showed a sign of things to come from the then 19-year-old.

2. His long-range strike v Manchester United

Not only was this strike huge in his career for the quality of the shot, but it also underlined the growing importance Gerrard had in the side. Not only did he stun the then champions with that effort, but his deft pass to allow Robbie Fowler to double the lead and allow Liverpool to run out winners on the day showcased the best of Gerrard's attributes going forward.

3. Olympiakos

When asked to reflect on his Liverpool career, Gerrard said that the significance of this moment dawned on him in the days after lifting the Champions League in Istanbul - in the context of their overall triumph. With the Reds still needing one goal to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition when leading 2-1, with five minutes to go a 'lovely cushioned header' from Neil Mellor fell to Gerrard. He struck the ball for all he was worth, and you know what followed. That's right, former Everton forward Andy Gray going off his barnet!

4. Everton hat-trick

Picked out as his favourite moment at Anfield, Gerrard got the better of Everton completely and utterly in March 2012. Liverpool's league form wasn't up to much at the time under Kenny Dalglish, and their Merseyside rivals would end up finishing above them in the final standings, but this was a derby to savour as he became the first man to score a derby hat-trick since Ian Rush in 1982. 

5. His brace against Real Madrid

It was one of the most memorable European nights at Anfield in the 21st Century and a terrific performance from the Liverpool captain as he ran the Galacticos midfield ragged all night. He was given the opportunity to double Liverpool's lead from the spot after a controversial penalty was awarded to the home side when Gabriel Heinze was adjudged to have handled the ball, but in the second half he capped his performance off with a stunning volley from a Ryan Babel cross. A display of a man at the peak of his powers.

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