15 years ago today Steven Gerrard scored his first ever Liverpool goal, the goal came in a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield, Gerrard picked up the ball in midfield powered through the opposition and blasted home from the edge of the box. Since then he has scored a total of 177 goals in all competitions for the Merseysiders, here we take a look at the five most memorable finishes based on quality and importance.
5. v Middlesbrough August 23, 2008
The game was locked at 1-1 in the 90th minute and it looked as if Liverpool would have to settle for a draw, Gerrard thought otherwise, a long ball into the box was knocked down to the edge of the box where Gerrard sprinted on to it and without taking a touch, rifled the ball into the right hand corner of the net leaving the keeper helpless and securing all three points for Liverpool.
4. v AC Milan May 25, 2005
Who can forget that famous comeback in Istanbul and it all stemmed from Gerrard’s unstoppable header into the right corner of the net from John Arne Riise’s cross, in terms of finishing he’s had much better goals but its importance was massive.
3. v Aston Villa August 11, 2007
It wouldn’t be a collection of Gerrard goals without a free kick in it and few are as brilliant and as important as his strike against Aston Villa, after Gareth Barry just equalised at Villa Park, Gerrard was left with a free kick in the dying embers of the game to take all three points and he did not disappoint.
2. v West Ham My 13, 2006
In the FA cup final of 2006, Liverpool were3-2 down in the 90th minute, until Gerrard struck the ball from thirty yards into the left hand corner of the goal to send the game to extra-time, Liverpool went on to win 3-1 on penalties.
1. v Olympiakos December 8, 2004
When you think of Gerrard goals, this is usually the one that springs to mind. Liverpool needed another goal against Olympiakos to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League and as always captain fantastic stepped up with a sensational half-volley from well outside the box that went straight into the bottom corner, if the goal was not good enough on its own, the now legendary commentary from Andy Gray topped it off.