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Video: The five greatest goals of Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career

Published 14/05/2015 | 17:01

Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (3rd L) scores a goal against AC Milan during their Champions League final win in 2005
Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (3rd L) scores a goal against AC Milan during their Champions League final win in 2005

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has scored a number of crucial goals during the course of his career for the Reds.

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The 34-year-old will play his final Premier League match at Anfield on Saturday.

Here, we take a look at five of his best and most significant goals for the Merseyside outfit.

1) LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM, FA CUP FINAL, MAY 2006

Gerrard's first goal in the final, to equalise at 2-2, is largely forgotten because of what came after. Trailing 3-2 in the 90th minute the ball dropped to the midfielder, stricken by cramp, 30 yards from goal and he lashed in a shot which arrowed into the bottom corner of the net.

2) LIVERPOOL v OLYMPIACOS, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, DECEMBER 2004

The significance of this goal was only felt six months later when Liverpool went on to win the Champions League. Needing to beat the Greeks by two clear goals to get out of the group stage and the score at 2-1 with just four minutes remaining, Gerrard produced a trademark strike from distance to set the Reds on their way to a fifth European Cup.

3) LIVERPOOL v AC MILAN, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL, MAY 2005

Not the best nor most spectacular goal of his career but arguably one of the most important. Trailing 3-0 at half-time Gerrard's twisting header nine minutes into the second half sparked one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.

4) LIVERPOOL v MANCHESTER UNITED, PREMIER LEAGUE, MARCH 2001

As he has done many times since, Gerrard collected a knockdown in midfield, advanced a few yards before firing a screamer past Fabian Barthez as Liverpool completed their first league double over United for 22 years.

5) LIVERPOOL v MIDDLESBROUGH, APRIL 2005

Technically one of Gerrard's best goals. Collecting the ball 40 yards out he controlled it on his instep, allowed it to bounce twice and hammered an arcing, bending angled shot into the top corner with the outside of his right foot.

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