Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard made his 700th appearance for the Reds
Steven Gerrard became the third player in Liverpool history to make 700 appearances for the club. His 700th match for Liverpool was against Bolton in the rematch of fourth round in FA Cup. Even the captain didn't score on this match, Liverpool won 2:1 and will continue in the round of 16, so this jubilee match will stay as enjoyable moment. Gerrard played with a specially designed boot with the number 700 on the back and the names of his two older daughters Lilly and Lexie.
Gerrard has spent his entire career at Anfield, making his debut in 1998 and secured place in the first team in 2000. He is a team captain since 2003. Gerrard was a part of successful moments for the club, such as UEFA Champions League triumph, two FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Cup and two UEFA Super Cups. He joined to Liverpool football legends as Jamie Carragher who has 737 appearances for the Reds and Ian Callaghan with record 857 matches. Gerrard can not overcome these records as he signed a contract with MLS club LA Galaxy and will join them in July this year, but anyway he will be noticeable in Liverpool history with more than 700 appearances. He regarded to be one of the best midfielders of his generation. Brendan Rodgers believes Steven Gerrard could be the last player to make 700 appearances for Liverpool and has offered to guide the midfielder if he move into management. He said:
"It's an incredible achievement and I'm not sure it will happen again. It will take some achievement by any player to do that again. His life and journey here have been remarkable and you see how committed and focused he still is. It is absolutely incredible and there are more appearances to come."
Gerrard's former team-mate Danny Murphy also commented about his 700th match:
"It's incredible, really. Success and longevity at one club isn't common these days. Himself, Frank Lampard, Scholes maybe, you can only name a few. He's been everything good about Liverpool in the last 10 years, and pivotal when they've won trophies. He'll sense an opportunity now Chelsea and Manchester City are out of this cup. Is it fate that the final lands on his birthday? We'll have to wait and see, but what a player."
Yes, the final in FA Cup is exactly on 30 May at Wembley, on Steven Gerard's 35th birthday, so it will be great Liverpool to be part of that final and for Gerard it will be the final appearance for his club.