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7 Liverpool Subs for Steven Gerrard's Final Game: Where Are They Now?

 
 
(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Andrew Robertson, Danny Ward and James Milner of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on July 12, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

It’s been more than four years now since Steven Gerrard last made a senior professional outing for Liverpool, and it wasn’t a very memorable final display from a Liverpool perspective at least.

In the final game of the 2014-15 Premier League season, whilst Gerrard did score, his strike was cancelled out and well-and-truly banished to the record books as goals by Jon Walters, Charlie Adam, Steven N’Zonzi, Peter Crouch and two by Mame Biram Diouf saw the Reds beaten 6-1 by Stoke in Gerrard’s final outing.

A Liverpool legend, Gerrard made 710 appearances in 17 seasons at Anfield, often carrying the team during what was far from the most successful era in Liverpool’s history. Gerrard still managed to win nine trophies with the club, most famously the 2005 Champions League, before seeing out his days in Los Angeles. He is now back in Britain working as Rangers boss, and today we look back on the seven subs on Liverpool bench for Gerrard’s last game in that 6-1 defeat to Stoke.

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Here are the 7 Liverpool subs from Steven Gerrard’s last game: Where are they now?

7. Danny Ward - Leicester City

Perennial number two Danny Ward spent six years at Anfield, during which time he made just three appearances in all competitions, the same number as the number of loan moves he made away from Merseyside in that time. Backup to Simon Mignolet that day, Ward was signed by Liverpool from Wrexham for £100,000 in 2012, and sold to Leicester City for £12.5 million in 2018, where he now serves as backup to Kasper Schemichel.

6. Kolo Toure - Leicester City Coach

30th March 2019, King Power Stadium, Leicester, England; EPL Premier League Football, Leicester City versus Bournemouth; Leicester City assistant coach Kolo Toure pictured during the pre-...30th March 2019, King Power Stadium, Leicester, England; EPL Premier League Football, Leicester City versus Bournemouth; Leicester City assistant coach Kolo Toure pictured during the pre-...

Also now employed at the King Power Stadium, Kolo Toure is 12 years older than Danny Ward, and his playing days came to an end at Celtic in 2017. The Ivorian fan favourite who turned out for Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool spent three seasons as a semi-regular at Anfield. He made a grand total of 71 appearances, before following Brendan Rodgers north of the border to Celtic. He returned to England, along with Rodgers, taking up a coaching role at Leicester earlier this year.

5. Dejan Lovren - Liverpool

One of the best defenders in the world, according to Dejan Lovren, Steven Gerrard’s last season at Liverpool was also Dejan Lovren’s first. The Croatian international was a little error-prone following a £20 million move from Southampton, but he is still at the club now. Lovren ironed out a lot of the flaws in his game but missed most of last season through injury, and he may find Joe Gomez ahead of his in the Liverpool side next season.

4. Jordon Ibe - Bournemouth

Jordon Ibe of Bournemouth during the Girona v AFC Bournemouth pre-season friendly at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on July 20, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.Jordon Ibe of Bournemouth during the Girona v AFC Bournemouth pre-season friendly at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on July 20, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

There weren’t really any true midfielders on the Liverpool bench for the final game of the 2014-15 season, meaning we jump from a couple of centre-backs to right winger Jordon Ibe. Highly-rated at Anfield, a lot of fans felt Ibe would plug the gap vacated by the sale of Raheem Sterling the following summer. Ibe was unable to do so, and he hasn’t really exploded into life at Bournemouth either. A talented wide player with bags of pace and the ability to beat players, Ibe’s consistency and final product just isn’t quite there yet, and he remains uncapped aged 23.

3. Lazar Markovic - Free Agent

Whilst Jordon Ibe never did much in a Liverpool shirt, the club did at least turn a tidy £14.5 million profit on the Englishman when they sold him. Lazar Markovic proved to be a real dud of a signing off the back of a promising season at Benfica, and having been signed for £20 million in 2014, he left on a free transfer for Fulham in January of this year. Markovic only signed a six-month deal with the Cottagers, and having made just one appearance as the club was relegated, they let him go this summer. At the time of recording, Markovic is yet to agree terms with a new club, although he has been heavily linked with Besiktas.

2. Raheem Sterling - Manchester City

Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Premier League Asia Trophy 2019 final fixture between Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers at Hongkou Football Stadium  on July 20, 2019...Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Premier League Asia Trophy 2019 final fixture between Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers at Hongkou Football Stadium on July 20, 2019...

Mentioned earlier whilst talking about Jordon Ibe, this was also the last time Raheem Sterling was involved in a matchday squad at Liverpool. Sterling was only 20 at the time, but he’d had two impressive campaigns at Anfield and tensions had started to rise in February 2015. Sterling made it clear he wanted to leave the club, and in the end Man City struck up a deal which made Sterling the most expensive English footballer of all time. Four years on, he looks like a bargain. He scored 25 goals last season, having scored 23 the season before that, as Man City have won back-to-back Premier League titles.

1. Rickie Lambert - Retired

It seems like a big of a drop-off from one of the most effective forwards in the world game right now to Rickie Lambert, but one ought not forget how good the brief England international was before getting his dream move to Anfield. Exceptional for Rochdale, Bristol Rovers and Southampton, Lambert was a bit of a late bloomer, but his fall would be as rapid as his rise. This was his only season at Liverpool, before moving on to West Brom, where he scored once in 26 games. A move to Cardiff in the Championship followed, but Lambert hung up his boots after injuries got the better of him. Exactly what he is up to now I’m not sure, but it looks like he has been a guest at former clubs Macclesfield and Bristol Rovers in recent times.

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