By Emma Sanders
Football Insider takes a look at five of the greatest moments in Steven Gerrard’s career after the Liverpool legend announced his retirement from football on Thursday.
2005 Champions League final against AC Milan – May 2005
You can’t talk about Gerrard without discussing Liverpool’s phenomenal Champions League final comeback against AC Milan in 2005. The skipper scored a header within nine minutes of half-time to kick-start one of the best comebacks in football history. Rafa Benitez’ side came back from a 3-0 deficit to win on penalties and lift the European trophy for the club’s fifth time.
2006 FA Cup final against West Ham – May 2006
Gerrard was so good during this match that the final has since been re-named among fans as the “Steven Gerrard final.” He scored two goals in the second-half, including a 90th minute 30-yard strike to take the game to extra-time before Liverpool won on penalties.
700th appearance for Liverpool – Feb 2015
The midfielder joined an exclusive club on 5th February against Bolton when he made his 700th appearance for Liverpool in an FA Cup tie. Only Ian Callaghan and former teammate Jamie Carragher have achieved the feat and Gerrard left in 2015 after making 710 total appearances for the club.
Hat-trick against Everton – March 2012
Gerrard scored the first hat-trick in a Merseyside derby for 30 years when he netted three goals past Liverpool’s biggest local rivals to secure a 3-0 victory. Ian Rush last achieved the feat in 1982 when he scored four goals in a 5-0 Liverpool win.
England World Cup captain – June 2014
The 36-year-old was named England’s World Cup captain in 2014 as the Three Lions were sent home disappointingly early from Brazil. However, it was a proud moment for Gerrard, who had earlier been overlooked in favour of Scott Parker by Stuart Pearce two years previously. He won 114 international caps in total before retiring from England duty after the 2014 World Cup.
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