Steven Gerrard said his heartfelt goodbyes to Liverpool fans Saturday and the end of his playing days at Anfield. The defeat to Crystal Palace on the day was perhaps symbolic of a disappointing season for himself and the club, after coming so close to the coveted Premier League title a year earlier. Still, the result was not going to overshadow his farewell.
This was a moment of recognition for his over sixteen years of service in Liverpool’s first team, captain since 2003, and one of the club’s greatest ever players. I got some stick last year for my objectivity when I wrote about Gerrard demonstrating the holy grail of any profession, consistency. This is what everyone should strive for, this is what is so hard to find in the active investment world or any other industry.
For me, Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool career speaks for itself, 706 appearances, 183 goals and PFA team of the year 8 times (the most in the premier league era). He has single-handedly won games and trophies for Liverpool over the years. The tributes that have poured in from not only ex team mates, but icons of the game, are testimony to the respect he has earned over a long successful career with his boyhood club. Gerrard may not have won the premier league title, but he lived his dream!
They say you should never meet your heroes, but it hasn’t been true in my case. I was lucky enough to meet Stevie G in 2011, as part of the launch of the new Liverpool FC kit at the time. The picture is quite funny because it looks like I’m a bit close! He was a top man on the day. My signed Gerrard jersey is a prized possession. True legend!