Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's top 10 league goals
Published 20/04/2014 | 11:16
The Anfield legend joined is on the verge of his first league title - here are ten of his most memorable strikes
1. Liverpool v Sheffield Wednesday: December 5, 1999
Steven Gerrard, after making his Liverpool debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998, failed to make an early impact at Anfield as he provided midfield cover for the injury-prone Jamie Redknapp.
In fact, other than attempting to cut Everton’s Kevin Campbell in half during a heated Merseyside derby (for which he received his first red card), Gerrard provided Kopites little to cheer about.
On December 5, 1999, though, Gerrard, in his 23rd league appearance for the club broke his duck with a wonderful individual effort in Liverpool's 4-1 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield.
After receiving the ball from Rigobert Song, the midfield tyro charged forward before taking on two defenders and firing the ball across the face of the goal to send the Kop into raptures.
2. Liverpool v Southampton: January 1, 2001
With much of Anfield, no doubt, nursing a hangover from the night before, Gerrard ushered in the new millennium on Jan 1, 2001, in much the same way as he would live out the rest of the decade - and beyond: by scoring a spectacular long-range goal.
Paul Jones, the Southampton goalkeeper, was left helpless after Gerrard rifled one in off of the crossbar with a trademark 35-yard dipper.
3. Everton v Liverpool: September 15, 2001
Liverpool had fallen behind to an early Kevin Campbell goal but this wonder strike from Gerrard inspired a fightback that saw the Reds turn the match around and leave from Goodison Park as 3-1 winners.
4. Liverpool v Manchester United: March 31, 2001
This was the year of the Treble, but for Liverpool fans, there were few moments in that great season as purely enjoyable as Stevie smashing home this 16th-minute screamer. Robbie Fowler added a second and Liverpool did the league double over United for the season.
5. Liverpool v Middlesbrough: April 30, 2005
On this day, Chelsea won the League - Liverpool would eventually finish 37 points behind the leaders, in fifth, so this cracking volley from Gerrard was really best enjoyed for its own net-bulging, swerving merits than for any influence on the title race. A few weeks later, though, there was the small matter of a game in Istanbul...
6. Aston Villa v Liverpool: August 11, 2007
Liverpool had lead at Villa Park until the 85th minute, when a Gareth Barry penalty levelled the match up at 1-1. With just three minutes remaining, up stepped Gerrard with this wicked freekick, which delivered the three points to a delighted travelling support.
7. Newcastle v Liverpool: March 19, 2006
As we all know, this fixture - in which Gerrard scored his 100th Premier League goal - has produced some thrillers. This season, it was one to forget for our friends in the north east: they were beaten home and away. Gerrard scored the second at St James' Park, his crisp strike capping an excellent team move from the visitors as they ran out 3-1 winners.
8. Liverpool v Middlesbrough: August 23, 2008
A hard-working performance by Liverpool looked to be furnishing them with no better than a point, the scores locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes. A trademark Gerrard strike from the edge of the box said otherwise.
9. Liverpool v Everton: March 13, 2012
Gerrard scored the opener in a 3-0 win. Unlike some of the other strikes on this list, this goal showed his intelligence rather than his power - spotting Tim Howard off his line and chipping the Everton goalie with a deft left-footer. This clip is definitely worth watching for the commentator alone...
10. Liverpool v Man United: September 23, 2012
Great technique from Gerrard as he controls the ball and volleys it home through a crowded penalty area to give Liverpool the lead against the old enemy.