On 29th November 1998,an 18-year-old Huyton-born boy graced the greens of Anfield against Blackburn Rovers to announce his arrival at the greatest club in Premier League Football history- Liverpool. Being one of the greatest midfielders the English game has ever produced,the wiry teenager went on to become the Mighty Steven Gerrard.
Having spent 15 years of his professional career in the Merseyside team,Gerrard has further committed the rest of his playing career to his beloved club. As he put his pen on paper at Melwood,the England captain proved that by no means he is done as a player. Hailed by Zinedine Zidane as the player with the greatest passing ability,Gerrard has made 630 appearances for the club,scoring 159 goals,and helping the team to numerous trophies,including the Champions League,FA Cup,UEFA Cup and League Cup.
After being promoted as the Liverpool captain in 2003,Gerrard developed himself into the stalwart and a commendable leader that he is today. Ever since Gerrard has made his intentions clear to conclude his career with the club he began it with,only question that remains is will it be rewarded with the prize he cherishes above all others – the league title.
As the 2013-14 season is knocking at the door,Brendan Rodgers has an arduous task at hand. After a series of languishing seasons,this one can prove as a game changer for Rodgers,Gerrard and the Liverpool Football Club as well. Over the years Gerard has played at a number of positions in the team and as a result he is one of most complete footballer in the world. The captain fantastic who possess a miraculous ability to play the game more with his brain than legs,must be projected as the nucleus of the team. By making his captain the centerpiece,Rodgers has a chance to bring in fresh blood to build a team around a deep lying Gerrard.
With support from Lucas Leiva in the center,it would be highly challenging to decode Gerrard’s game in the coming season. Signing of Coutinho and Allen have further boosted Reds’ chances. However,with age catching up with him,the Liverpool skipper has a huge responsibility of playing an anchor’s role to ensure that club breaks free from the shackles of mediocrity. With a few years of football still left in him,arguably the fittest 33-year-old footballer needs to lead his inexperienced side from the front. And purely for the love of the game let’s hope that we get to see many more splendid years of the Legend that is Steven Gerrard.