Photo: Stan Collymore alongside a 'young, scruffy' Gerrard in 1996

Collymore spent two years at Liverpool between 1995 and 1997, just before Gerrard broke into the first team - but the soon-to-be Reds legend was already on the scene.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has tweeted a picture from his time at the Merseyside club, paying credit to Steven Gerrard as he prepares to make his final Anfield appearance.

How are these two things connected you might ask? Well, you'd have to look a little further than Collymore and the young fan in order to see the link.

Because in the background is a young man who would go on to become a much more famous Anfield hero than the former Nottingham Forest striker, and he was sporting a somewhat exaggerated version of his famous haircut.

What would have been a 16-year-old Steven Gerrard looked to be carrying a bag of footballs at Melwood, possibly in from the pitches where he would have been practicing, with Collymore calling him a 'young, scruffy dreamer.'

Less than two years later he would make his debut for the Reds, coming on for Veggard Heggem in the last minute of a game against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998.

Fast forward a few seasons later, and Gerrard has made 708 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 185 goals in the process. He has won FA Cups, lifted the Champions League trophy and captained England at a World Cup, winning 114 caps in the process.

El Capitan indeed.

Gerrard has just two more games to add to that Liverpool tally, with a move to LA Galaxy lined up for the summer.

Looking at the 15 or 16-year-old Gerrard, in the background of the picture with Collymore, one can't help but wonder whether the next Liverpool star is in the back of some photograph Gerrard may have taken alongside a young fan.

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