He is currently standing on 499 league matches for Liverpool and if he plays today (he probably will) Steven Gerrard reach the impressive landmark of 500 league outings for the same club. Only Jamie Carragher, with 508 games for Liverpool, and Ryan Giggs, 632 for Manchester United, have managed the same feat during the Premier League era.
Steven Gerrard made his debut in a red shirt in 1998 and recently he played his 700th competitive match for Liverpool. And now another milestone beckons. During his 17-year spell at Anfield Captain Fantastic has achieved a lot and the Champions League triumph in 2005 is the highlight of his career.
His final game as a Red is now only weeks away and then the 34-year old (35 on May 30) crosses the Atlantic to start a new football chapter with Los Angeles Galaxy. His decision to depart is partially due to the prospect of nothing being an automatic choice for the starting eleven. Stevie G wants to play regularly the career through.
But I´m not so sure he will be in the Galaxy team all the time. Not if his recent performances is anything to go by. Gerrard has been subdued and appeared uninterested as if his heart is somewhere else. I think he mourns that everything soon is over and perhaps even regrets his decision to leave Liverpool. But pride, and contract, will stop him from change his mind.
Sadly if he or anyone in the Liverpool staff had thought about his role a bit more he could have stayed on. I have written about it before and I think he could have been a perfect centre-back for at least three seasons. He is good at every aspect of the job and would have got a new lease of life in a new role and maybe even got the chance to lift the Premier League.
Now the chance is gone and Gerrard has to live with it. So it´s goodbye soon but before that we have to congratulate our talisman for his 500th league match and hope that he returns and manage Liverpool some day. I´ll be waiting and in the meantime:
We Go Again.