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Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 2

In some eyes, Steven Gerrard is the greatest ever to wear Liverpool's Red.

Some would put him at number one, but there is no doubt that Steven Gerrard is one of the greatest players to ever wear the Red of Liverpool.

Having won every honour bar one with his boyhood club that he captained for 11-and-a-half years, the story of Gerrard's career is Roy of the Rovers stuff.

He was handed his debut as a late substitute in 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 - later on in the season he would perform heroics with a goalline clearance to preserve a narrow lead for the Reds in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

The following season saw a glimpse of the player he would become as he danced through the Sheffield Wednesday defence to record his first goal for the club, the following season would be one when he'd truly kick on.

He would be at the heart of the side won an incredible cup treble - with Gerrard featuring in all three finals, scoring the second goal in the UEFA Cup final in Dortmund, while his reputation for being a specialist from distance was gathering pace as strikes against Arsenal, Southampton and Manchester United simply couldn't go unnoticed as the Reds secured qualification for the Champions League.

The following season would see him continue in the same vein as Liverpool missed out on the title to Arsenal and made it to the quarter-finals in Europe only to be knocked out by Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter-finals. While the 2002/03 campaign would see a slight dip in form for both the player and the club as they finished in fifth place and missed out on the Champions League, he would still contribute to silverware as he scored the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Manchester United in the League Cup final.

In Gerard Houllier's last season he would be handed the captaincy in order to take the responsibility off Sami Hyypia. Hyypia would see an improvement in form while Gerrard would thrive. Though it would be a disappointing season for the Reds that would see Houllier depart the club, Gerrard's game was starting to go the next level as they secured qualification for the Champions League.

Rafa Benitez would arrive as manager, and Gerrard would enjoy his best long period of form under the Spaniard and his first season would be memorable and turn down interest from Chelsea. A disappointing league campaign would see Liverpool finish fifth, but Gerrard would score 13 goals as at times he dragged the Reds through games and while there is the slight blot of a costly own goal in the League Cup final, it's a season that's remembered for the strike against Olympiakos to take Liverpool into the knock-out stages of the Champions League and playing several positions as he led the fightback against AC Milan in the final as the Reds did the seemingly impossible en route to their fifth European crown. 

Gerrard would come very close to joining Chelsea but a change of heart meant he and Liverpool would then kick on to finish third in the Premier League the following season scoring 23 goals in all competitions, including the early qualifying rounds of the Champions League and Liverpool would reach the FA Cup final against West Ham - with the final ultimately named after the Reds' captain for two stunning strikes, including one from 35 yards in stoppage time that forced extra time with a 3-3 scoreline.

Another Champions League final would follow in 2007 but no trophy at the end of the season while the 2007/08 season would see the start of a formidable partnership in the final third with Fernando Torres as Liverpool performed strongly in Europe once again, and would finish second the following season with 86 points - a record in the Premier League era but Manchester United would beat the Reds to the title, and equal Liverpool's title haul in the process.

The following season would see Gerrard withdraw back into a deeper role as Liverpool started to go backwards, leading to Rafa Benitez's departure. He would remain an integral figure under Roy Hodgson during his brief reign, and under Kenny Dalglish - where he would add another League Cup to his collection in 2012.

Under Brendan Rodgers he would remain a big part of the side, and in the second half of the 2013/14 season, he would be deployed in a deeper midfield role where he would enjoy some excellent form later on in his career as Liverpool would improbably challenge for the Premier League title. They would miss out in cruel circumstances as Gerrard's slip in a game against Chelsea, leading to a Demba Ba strike, contributed to Liverpool missing out on the title, leaving the one void in his career.

The following season would be the last as he announced in January 2015 that he would be leaving on a free transfer to LA Galaxy, as Rodgers started to manage his game time, with Gerrard often used from the bench. The trouble was the manager didn't see to know how to use him as he was used both in a deeper role and in a more advanced position. 

It wasn't to be a fairytale ending, as an abject Liverpool lost the FA Cup semi-final to Aston Villa, and their League form would collapse, culminating in a 6-1 defeat to Stoke City in the final game of the season, where Gerrard would get on the scoresheet. 

Now at LA Galaxy, there are indications he may look to return home in some capacity, it wouldn't be a surprise if he did. 

With a record of 186 goals from 710 games, collecting three League Cups, two FA Cups, one Champions League and one UEFA Cup, Gerrard rightly takes his place up towards the top of Liverpool's list of greatest players. 

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