“ On Saturday, the sixteenth of May, Steven Gerrard played the last game for Liverpool Football Club at Anfield. He came out on the pitch accompanied by his three daughters, swallowed hard, looked around, through the Kop, Eastern and all other stands, breathed deeply … and a hundred and some minutes later ended an era.
Steven Gerrard is the best midfielder in the world “, said once Zinedine Zizou Zidane. And when you say the name Zinedine Zizou Zidane,you know it’s a big thing.
"No, sir Zidane, I’m not the best,” said Gerrard politely, as befits people who,at home, at an early age learned to say thank you and please.
The history will write to Steve - he dedicated his entire working life in the joint organization of football from Livrepool. He, Gerrard, even if slightly, to retirement, is running in front of the Americans for big money, but it is, if, for history as a science, as to football as a game, for Liverpool as a club and its supporters as such, important just as much as the match against Crystal Palace. Maybe already next year Steven Gerrard will win a national championship, league, which, by the way, is not at all bad, but it will for the legendary captain, who was born in Liverpool, rooting for Liverpool, played for Liverpool, became captain, lifted the trophy of the Champions League one night in Istanbul, remain, as important as that one-three result,which is irrelevant and useless.
In the story it is the least, if at all, essential that he never, never, was the champion of England. Ask him is the title of English champions more important than bringing out his three girls for his last game at Anfield,and seeing all the fans cheering for him,crying because he is leaving,because he gave them something to dream about.
Steven Gerrard is possibly the last big story of National Football. He did it because the players from Barca, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich can’t, although some of them, too, from their childhood are in the same uniform: most of them, however come to Barcelona, Real and Bayern to reach the peak of their careers but they leave Liverpool to do so. For a quarter century Liverpool is a big club, but not a great team, regardless of the magical 2005, the last season, for all the goals of Suarez and Gerrard’s ball with eyes …
Former and eternal captain is indeed playing around his house for good, and for a lot of money, but he refused to achieve even greater things, three times, or how many times Jose Mourinho called and offered him to be the champion of England, Italy, Spain … He did not go. To him, that, was huge, the biggest in the world, playing at the club he supports, playing for the club he later became captain for and made sure he leaves some unforgettable memories for the Kop.
Liverpool - the city and the club, spiritually build on what they have been and what was and there is, easy, terribly easy to identify with them. “We will all celebrate when Margaret Thatcher dies”, chanted the supporters at Anfield skipping along, waiting for the former British Prime Minister to finally leave. They hated her not just because of the tragedy at Hillsborough that killed ninety-six Liverpool fans ,but also because of the economic policy which is practically destroying United Kingdom, and made the working and port cities into a place where the continuity of honest work was replaced with ruining it continuously. People would work in their home city,close to each other,getting children and then later those same children grew quietly listening to the roar of the Kop on weekends, some took balls and some guitars and became a Paul McCartney or the captain of the local football club, the important one, not the one Phil Jagielka plays for.
Today, the same Liverpool, the city, and the club,is a big museum: almost all of which is important to show, the past - from the docks, over the place from which they moved the Beatles, to the English League table with its most successful club on top,the club of Ian Rush, King Kenny Dalglish, but first Bill Shankly and ,until recently ,Steven Gerrard.
All these years Steve G. committed to his work to show how things used to be, but as they should be, regardless of the possibility of unlimited increase in earnings. Which is why he has never been a champion of England. He is, in fact, playing ball ,giving football a real meaning,not just some trophies that can be and are now bought for Russian or Arabian money.
A man once said “ I’m the proud owner of a jersey that Kenny Dalglish gave me. That jersey glows in the dark! “
The Dalglish one,but also the one with the number 8 and the name Gerrard on its back. “