He is a Liverpool legend and one of the greatest midfielders in the history of the Premier League. Gerrard had it all, a sensational passing range, leadership qualities, and the ability to drag his team to victory, sometimes against all odds, by producing match winning moments of brilliance.
Gerrard is one the Premier Leagues top scoring midfielders ever and notched an impressive 120 strikes during his career. Quite often when he scored they were goals of the highest order. Here are five of finest finishes …
v Sheffield Wednesday, Premier League, 1999
This goal makes the list because of its mix of significance and quality. It was Gerrard’s first ever senior goal for Liverpool.
Gerrard got the ball and charged down the centre knocking the ball past one defender before dropping the shoulder to get past the next. Then he put it away by firing it into the far corner.
He’s usually known for his 30-yard screamers but this goal proves he wasn’t a bad dribbler either.
v Manchester United, Premier League, 2001
This is more like the usual Steven Gerrard goal.
He receives the ball in the centre of the park then takes a couple of touches before unleashing a rocket into the Manchester United goal. There’s no dip on the ball it just keeps rising until it hits the top corner of the net making it impossible for the goalkeeper to save.
Liverpool players and fans always love a goal against Manchester United, but it’s an added bonus when it’s one of this quality.
v Middlesbrough, Premier League, 2005
Now for a classic Steven Gerrard half volley.
Gerrard takes a touch, then steadies himself before producing a spectacular strike from distance that bends around the goalkeeper into the corner of the Middlesbrough goal. It’s the curl on the ball that makes this goal truly remarkable.
The former England captain has hit plenty of brilliant half volleys and this one is up there with his best.
v Olympiakos, Champions League, 2004
“OOHHHH YA BEAUTY!!!! WHAT A HIT SON, WHAT A HIT” this piece of Andy Gray commentary is more famous than the goal itself, however there is a reason he reacted like that as it is a thing of beauty.
Neil Mellor headed the ball down for Gerrard, who waited for it to bounce before he struck it with incredible power and accuracy and it fired into the bottom corner of the net. The goalkeeper stood absolutely no chance because of the force on the shot.
The importance of the goal adds even more to the quality as Liverpool needed to beat Olympiakos by two goals to qualify out of the group stage of the Champions League. With the Reds 2-1 up, Gerrard produced this incredible strike put them through in what was one of the best Champions League nights in Anfield history. They would then go on to win the Champions League in that famous final in Istanbul.
v West Ham, FA Cup, 2006
This game has since been dubbed ‘The Gerrard Final’ because of the Englishman’s man of the match performance with two goals and an assist, however it is his second goal which we’re focusing on here – a true wonder strike.
It was 3-2 to West Ham in the 90th minute when Liverpool put in a cross that got headed away, but unluckily for the Hammers it ended up in the path of Steven Gerrard. Who ran onto it and hit an unstoppable thunderbolt that flew past the keeper into the bottom corner. It was an incredible goal for any game, but the fact it was in a final made it truly special.
This strike took the game to extra time before Liverpool eventually won on penalties. Gerrard was always the big man for the big occasion and this was one of the best examples of that.