On this day 2004: Gerrard scores one of the greatest ever European goals
By Emma Sanders
Steven Gerrard scored one of the greatest goals in Liverpool’s history when he netted against Olympiakos in the Champions League on December 8th 2004.
The then Anfield skipper scored a sensational 30-yard strike in the 86th minute to seal a 3-1 victory which ensured the Reds progressed through to the knock-out stages of the competition.
In the final game of the group stages, Liverpool needed to secure either a 1-0 win or a victory by a two-goal margin but their efforts were put to the test when Brazilian legend Rivaldo scored in the 26th minute for Olympiakos.
It took two goals within the last nine minutes to secure a win but it would prove to be one of the most important victories in the club’s history.
Liverpool clinched a place in the last 16 due to Gerrard’s late strike and they went on to produce one of the greatest European comebacks of all-time when they scored three goals in five minutes to take AC Milan to penalties in the final.
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The Reds went on to become European champions following further heroics from Gerrard and the skipper celebrated by lifting the fifth European cup in the club’s history – the only team in England to do so.
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