Much has been said about Mario Balotelli, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, and how they are going to be crucial in Liverpool’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season, but one man who continues to remain an integral part of the team is Steven Gerrard.
The former England international midfielder may not be at his best anymore, but he remains one of the key players in Brendan Rodgers’ side. And he showed that on Sunday when he created a record for the Reds.
Gerrard scored Liverpool’s second goal against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in their 3-0 league win. The goal from the 34-year-old proved to be vital as it was scored just four minutes into the second half and pretty much ended the game as a contest.
It was not a fancy ‘Gerrard screamer’ from 30 yards, but a simple right-footed penalty that Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could not stop despite diving to his right.
However, it was a penalty that created history in more ways than one.
By converting the penalty, Gerrard became the first player in Liverpool history to score in 16 successive seasons, a record previously held by Billy Liddell.
It was also the evergreen midfielder’s 43rd successful spot-kick for Liverpool – surpassing Jan Molby’s total to set a new club record.
Steven Gerrard - 43 successful penalties for @LFC - new outright club record.— Ged Rea (@ged0407) August 31, 2014
There will be some who will claim that Joe Allen went down all too easily inside the Spurs box, but Eric Dier did appear to pull him back.
Nevertheless, one cannot take anything away from Gerrard, who continues to defy his age and prove to be an important player for Liverpool every single week.
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