The wife of footballer Steven Gerrard was told by burglars they would take her children in a terrifying raid on their home, a court heard today.
Alex Curran confronted the masked gang, who demanded she hand over jewellery and the contents of a safe, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
Details of the ordeal emerged after Martin Wilson (22), changed his plea and admitted the burglary following legal arguments.
Graham Pickavance, for the prosecution, told the court the robbery took place in December 2007 as the Reds captain led his team to victory in a game against Marseille.
Ms Curran (27) had remained at the home in Formby, Merseyside, with their two children, Lilly-Ella and Lexie, now aged six and four, and their nanny.
Mr Pickavance said the two women and the children were in their bedrooms when, at about 9.30pm, a loud smash was heard from downstairs.
He said: "Alexandra Curran left her bedroom and met Lyndsey Johnston at the top of the stairs. "Miss Johnston said she thought somebody had got into the house and as they looked they saw a group of men walking into the hallway."
The barrister said Miss Curran shouted to the men "leave now".
But the thieves raced up the stairs and one of them demanded "Where's the f****** safe?" and "Where's the f****** jewellery?".
Ms Curran told the men there was no safe and jewellery was not kept at the house.
One of the gang then directed another to "get the blade out of the car", before telling Ms Curran: "If you don't tell us where the safe is, we'll take the kids."
Mr Pickavance said Miss Curran told the men the safe was in a cupboard downstairs so they then dragged her with them to look. They also forced her to hand over a silver Rolex watch and ransacked the house.
The gang then ran out of the house. Police caught up with Wilson by analysing the use of his mobile phone, the court heard.
Wilson is serving six years in jail after admitting conspiracy to burgle at Liverpool Crown Court last June.
A mobile phone he used during one of those robberies, in which he and five others targeted the homes of wealthy Merseyside families, was also used close to the Gerrard home on the night it was raided, technical evidence showed.
Wilson, from Merseyside, was remanded in custody for sentencing on May 27.