This week, Steven Gerrard broke the sad news that he would be bringing the curtain down on his playing days, marking the end of an era for the millions of fans who watched him go from a makeshift right-back to one of the world’s leading midfielders.
The Liverpool legend has enjoyed a stellar career in the game, and while some publications may be using this as a timely opportunity to celebrate his greatest hits – that night Istanbul, the thrilling FA Cup Final with West Ham – we think it’s the perfect time to re-live those times when Stevie G… slipped up.
The red card against Man United
Passion has always been one of Gerrard's biggest assets, but he could have done with turning it down a notch when he entered the fray against United in 2014 - it took him less than a minute to get his marching orders. Even quicker than you when your missus is back from a weekend away.
When he tried to join Chelsea
Liverpool fans sing Gerrard's name at Anfield every week, but it must sting a bit that their talisman tried to jump ship when Chelsea came calling in 2005. Looks like Napoli took a leaf out the Anfield 'faithfuls' book, with their treatment of Higuain.
*That* assist for Drogba
What is it with Gerrard and Chelsea? The midfielder forgot which side his bread was buttered again in 2010 when he laid on an inch-perfect through ball for the Blues' front-man.
Source: The Guardian
Forever helping, Suarez
Suarez and his captain developed some fantastic chemistry during their time together at Anfield, so it was fitting that Gerrard set up the Uruguayan's winner against England back in 2014.
Playing for the Blues… again
Gerrard has spoken many times about his wish to play under Mourinho, but maybe wait until he's actually signed you before you go scoring for him in cup finals?
Remember when England were actually good? Yeah, a very long time ago. Sven's 2004 side led France for more than an hour before Stevie G's calamitous backpass gifted them a route back into their group opener with the Three Lions.
The defining moment
Fate can be a cruel mistress, as Gerrard would learn when his ill-timed tumble allowed Demba Ba to run through on goal in Liverpool's season-defining clash with Chelsea.
To be fair, at least none of these gaffes followed an inspirational captain’s speech in which Gerrard implored his teammates not to let their once-in-a-lifetime title bid slip away…
On a lighter note for Stevie G, check out the nine times Steven Gerrard made football perfect…
2001, England 5-1 Germany
It's always sweet when you get one over on your bitter rivals - but when it's England beating Germany, there's just something extra special about that.
In an absolute demolition, Steven Gerrard featured with a lovely goal from outside the box to give The Three Lions the lead. Sweet, sweet victory once again.
It may not have been the treble Liverpool desired, but three trophies in one year - that's damn impressive.
2005, winner against Olympiakos
At Anfield, facing a Champions League exit and once again the man who defies logic writes another chapter into his historic story.
If this goal and the reaction from the crowd doesn't send chills down your spine, then check your pulse.
2005, Champions League Final
It speaks for itself. Greatness. History. All that good shit. Gerrard's header led the comeback and destiny took care of the rest.
2006, FA Cup Final
Minutes remaining, Liverpool 3-2 down against West Ham and everyone in a red shirt breaking down from sheer exhaustion.
Step right-up, Captain Fantastic, to smash in an absolute belter and take the game to extra time. Vintage, Stevie G.
2012, Liverpool 3-0 Everton
10th anniversary for David Moyes, 400th Premier League appearance for Steven Gerrard. There was only ever going to be one winner - and a hat-trick rubber stamped that with emphasis. Still the kings of Merseyside.
2014, FIFA World Cup
Now this one may be a tad confusing, but stay with it. Whilst England didn't exactly thrive in Brazil (we were shite), it was the final competition in which Steven Gerrard captained his country. A whole nation was behind the midfielder and that in itself is a sensational achievement.
2015, MLS Debut
Who gives a shit about how old Steven Gerrard was or is - it never mattered. In his MLS debut the Liverpool legend scored and assisted for former teammate Robbie Keane in a 5-2 triumph over San Jose Earthquakes.
That's how you make a statement.
“This does not ******* slip now”
Save the best until last. This moment was full of passion, heart, and everything that made Stevie G who he is today. We all know what it led too and we all know the cruel irony of this, but fuck it, at this point in time it was still great.