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Steven Gerrard- The Liverpool Hero in the Merseyside Derby

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Steven Gerrard – The name which gave tremor to the heart of Everton fans as he was one of the key figures of the Red Liverpool team which most of the time dominated over the Blue side of Merseyside in the 21st Century.

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Since making his derby debut back in 1999, Gerrard played in 33 games and scored 10 goals. He tasted 17 derby victories, 10 draws and 5 losses against Everton. He was sent off twice in his Merseyside Derby career.
Some of the Notable Derby moments of Gerrard’s career is given below:

3rd April,1999

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On this day, Gerrard made his derby debut at the age of 18 at Anfield as a 71st minute substitute for Heggem. His debut was overshadowed by Fowler’s goal-line sniffing celebration antics as The Reds celebrated a hard fought 3-2 win.In the closing moments of the match we saw Gerrard clearing the ball off the line twice. After the 2nd clearance Gerrard celebrated so passionately as if he had scored the match winner.

27th September, 1999

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Again coming on as a substitute, this time for Hamann in the 66th minute – the 2nd derby appearance of Gerrard ended badly as he was shown a red card for his challenge on match winner Kevin Campbell in the dying moments. The match ended in a 0-1 win for Everton – this is the last time Everton got the taste of victory at Anfield to date. Gerrard was the 3rd player to be dismissed in that game after Francis Jeffers and home keeper Sander Westerveld were both given their marching orders on 74 minutes for fighting against each other.

15th September, 2001

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Gerrard celebrated his 1st derby goal 12 minutes into a 1-3 win over Everton at Goodison Park. It was a cracker from Gerrard and this was one of the top 10 goals of Gerrard in the Premier League. After scoring the goal, he cupped his ear and ran down the length of the Bullens Road Stand towards the away supporters.

22nd December, 2002

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Towards the end of a goalless draw at Anfield, A frustrating Gerrard jumped into a two footed tackle on Everton left back Gary Naysmith as showed in television replays. Although referee Graham Poll missed the incident but Gerrard after the game publicly apologised for the challenge. Still Gerrard was handed a 3 match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct at a FA disciplinary hearing.

20th March, 2005

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In 27 minutes, Gerrard scored his 1st goal at Anfield in the Merseyside derby resulting in a 2-1 win for Liverpool. Hamann gave the ball to Gerrard from a freekick and He rather than powering it placed the ball so neatly that it crossed the goalline. David Moyes’ side would go on to pip them for fourth place but in the end of the season, Gerrard had his hand on the Greatest Prize, The Champions League.

28th December, 2005

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Gerrard was again on the scoresheet in the derby as he helped the Reds to a 9th straight premier league victory on what would be a 10 game winning run. Crouch opened the scoring on 11th minutes and in the 18 minutes Gerrard fired the ball from 25 yards taking a slight deflection off joseph yobo and went into the goal.

25th March, 2006

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Gerrard was sent off for the 2nd time in his derby career after picking up 2 yellow cards in the first 18 minutes. Gerrard and Everton’s James Beattie, who wore the no. 8 jerseys for their respective teams, were handed special shirts with ’08’ on them as Liverpool’s 2008 European Capital of Culture status was promoted on that day at Anfield. Although 10 men Liverpool would go on to win the game by a margin of 3-1.

2009-19th January, 25th January and 4th February three matches were played. A couple of highs were there as he scored twice at Anfield against Everton in the space of 6 days in Premier League and FA Cup but ultimately a low for him he was injured just 16 minutes into the Goodison Replay and eventually The Reds were knocked out of FA Cup by a Dan Gosling’s 118th minute strike.

12th March, 2012

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Steven Gerrard made his 400th premier league appearance against Everton and he celebrated this mark by bagging a hattrick in the Merseyside Derby. On 34 minutes, Gerrard from the edge of the penalty box placed the ball so well that it sailed over everyone’s head and made it 1-0. On 51 mintues, after a brilliant play from Luis Suarez, Gerrard’s close range strike found the roof of the net. The Third one came in the final seconds at the Kop End after Gerrard capitalised on a slip by Royston Drenthe just inside the Liverpool half. Gerrard ran over half of the length and played a one-two with Suarez and then Gerrard with his left foot again planted the ball high into Tim Howard’s goal to complete his famous hattrick.

14th April, 2012

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Everton knocked Liverpool out of FA Cup in 2009 and 3 years later Gerrard and co got their revenge in a FA Cup semi final clash at Wembley Stadium as they came from behind to win the tie by 2-1. Nikica Jelavic’s opener in the 1st half was cancelled out by Suarez and Carroll in the 2nd half.

28th January, 2014

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At Anfield, Liverpool thrashed Everton by 4-0. Gerrard opened the scoreline after heading the ball into the goal from a Suarez corner. A brace from Sturridge and a goal from Suarez made the day perfect for Liverpool. Liverpool got a penalty in the 2nd half but Sturridge could not complete his hattrick as he fired the ball over the bar into the Kop. The Captain probably should have taken that one.

27th September, 2014

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In his final Anfield encounter against Everton, Gerrard scored his 10th Derby goal with a perfectly placed freekick, from over 20 yards on 65 minutes. But in the dying moments of the match Phil Jagielka scored a wonder and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.