Who is Steven Gerrard?
Steven George Gerrard
is an English footballer who has played for Premier League team Liverpool for his whole career. Regarded as one of the greatest English footballers, Gerrard has won 102 national caps with the England team, and 4 caps with the U21’s, altogether scoring a great 20 goals. Gerrard is a lifelong Liverpool supporter.
Gerrard’s footballing career began as a youngster at local team Whiston Juniors, where he was noticed by Liverpool scouts. He later joined the Liverpool Academy at the age of nine, Gerrard then had trials with various clubs at fourteen, but his success wasn't immediate. He then had trials at Manchester United; however in 1997 he signed his first professional contract with The Reds (Liverpool).
He made his senior debut for the first team against Blackburn Rovers as a last-minute substitute for Vegard Heggem.
He made thirteen appearances in his debut season, filling in for injured captain Jamie Redknapp in centre-midfield. Liverpool finished 7th place that season.
When experienced players like Paul Ince, being injured, and Danny Murphy being released on loan, Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier chose to replace them with youth players instead of buying star players from other clubs. Gerrard was among one of these said players, replacing Paul ince in the centre midfield. Another youth player brought up to the first team squad was Steven Warnock.
Swiftly establishing himself as Liverpools first choice centre midfielder, Gerrard prepared for constant first team action the season after.
In the 2000-2001 season, Gerrard made fifty starts in all competitions and scored ten goals as he won his first major honours with Liverpool – the FA Cup, League Cup, and the UEFA Cup. In the following season, he would go on to win both the FA Charity Shield and UEFA Super Cup.
After a year as Liverpool vice-captain, Gerrard replaced Sami Hyypiä as Liverpool captain in October 2003, as manager Gérard Houllier said that he recognised Gerrard had demonstrated leadership qualities early on, but needed to mature. He chose to extend his contract at the club, signing a new four-year deal.
Houllier resigned as Liverpool manager after a trophyless 2003–04 campaign, and Gerrard was linked with a move to Chelsea during the off-season. He admitted he was not "happy with the progress Liverpool has made", and that "for the first time in my career I've thought about the possibility of moving on." In the end, Gerrard turned down a £20 million offer from Chelsea to stay with Liverpool and new coach Rafael Benítez.
Liverpool were wracked with injury early in the 2004–05 season, and a foot injury suffered in a September league match against Manchester United shelved Gerrard until late November. He returned to score in the last five minutes of a Champions’ League group stage match against Olympiacos to secure Liverpool's advancement to the knockout round. He claimed that this was his most important, if not his best, goal for Liverpool to date. However, Gerrard netted an own goal during the 2005 League Cup final on 27 February, which proved decisive in Liverpool's 3–2 loss to Chelsea.
During a six-minute stretch in the second half of the 2005 Champions League final against A.C. Milan, Liverpool came back from a three-goal deficit to tie the match at 3–3 after extra time, with Gerrard scoring one of the goals. Liverpool's third goal was gained as a penalty from a foul awarded to Liverpool when Gennaro Gattuso was judged to have pulled down Gerrard in Milan's penalty box. Gerrard did not participate in the penalty shootout (he was the designated 5th penalty taker) which Liverpool won 3–2 as they claimed their first Champions League trophy in twenty years. Gerrard was named the Man of the Match, and later received the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award.
Gerrard made his 300th Premier League appearance on 13 April 2008 in a match against Blackburn Rovers, scoring the opening goal, and finished the season with twenty-one goals in all competitions, surpassing his total from the 2006–07 season. Gerrard was selected for the PFA Team of the Year and he was also one of the nominees or the PFA Player of the Year, alongside teammate Fernando Torres.
Gerrard needed to undergo groin surgery at the beginning of the 2008–09 season, but the problem was not serious and he quickly returned to training.
He made his 100th appearance in European club competition for Liverpool on 10 March 2009 against Real Madrid and scored twice in a 4–0 win.
On 18 August 2012, Gerrard played his 250th match as Liverpool captain.He scored his first Premier League goal of the season on 23 September, opening the scoring in a 2–1 defeat against Manchester United.
On 14 November 2012, Gerrard won his 100th cap for England in a friendly match against Sweden.
Now 32 with a desire to begin his managerial career, and maybe a career ending, or threatening injury, where will Gerrard go?