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Summary

  1. Countdown to Steven Gerrard's biggest moments
  2. Gerrard leaving Liverpool for LA Galaxy
  3. 709 Reds games, 185 goals, 10 trophies
  4. Gerrard's last match at Stoke on Sunday
  5. Listen to 5 live Gerrard special from 20:00 BST
  6. Vote on which manager he was best under

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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"I've loved every minute of it"

Steven Gerrard
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Walk on

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As The Kop might sing, it's time to walk on. Hope you've enjoyed our Steven Gerrard trip down Memory Lane. Make no mistake, Liverpool will miss the leadership qualities and dedication of an Anfield icon while the Premier League is waving goodbye to a tremendous servant.

The former England captain's Anfield farewell against Crystal Palace

might not have gone to script but Gerrard can still sign off on a winning note by helping Liverpool win at Stoke City on the final day of the season on Sunday.

If you want to read more about Stevie G there is loads of content on the BBC Sport website ranging from his

career in stickers to a
quiz.

Thanks so much for your company and all your text messages and tweets.

I'll leave the last word to Liverpool's iconic No 8...

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Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter: "That 15 minutes at half time was key. It wasn't just the tactical thing, it wasn't just the dressing room being open to hear the crowd. Rafa's team talk was very emotional."

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Paul Alexander: People saying Gerrard is overrated clearly don't like football. Look at what players like Zinedine Zidane have said about him.

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Times football editor Tony Evans: "Stevie did a number of shifts that night in Istanbul for Liverpool. When he scored he started waving his hands to call the crowd. The next few minutes were a blur. Why is football great? Because of times like those six minutes in Istanbul."

He said what?

Gerrard on being captain

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"I think when you are captain and you're asked a question in front of the cameras you have to be honest, or what is the point in speaking? Players who say the wrong thing, or lie, or twist what is really happening out there . . . what is the point? I'd rather not go and speak."

Vote results

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The manager Gerrard played best under? Rafael Benitez according to you guys - and quite categorically. Thanks for voting.

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Istanbul
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Scott Garrity: Players on running track after penalties! Who cared what time was.

Matilda The Cat: Istanbul - remember still believing it could be done at half-time!

Mr Reliable

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Ex-Liverpool boss Gerrard Houllier, who gave Gerrard his debut in 1998, to BBC Sport: "I have plenty of favourite memories of Stevie. He scored in the final in Dortmund. At the time he was not even 21. He played in every important game that contributed to the treble. When it matters most you can always rely on him."

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Actress and Liverpool fan Sue Johnston: "Everyone started singing You'll Never Walk Alone at half time and that song is about hope. Stevie mentioned he could hear it in the dressing room."

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Times football editor Tony Evans: "It was truly amazing. We thought we were the underdogs anyway. At half time you think if there was anywhere to go, go. There was nowhere to go."

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Istanbul
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Tom Salmon: ‏Istanbul. What a night. The human body isn't built for that kind of turnaround in so few minutes.

James Gill: Stevie completely and utterly irreplaceable. More than just a footballer, he is Liverpool.

Anna roberts: ‏I was six years old and I remember watching us win the Champions League!!

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It appears not everyone is a fan of Mr Gerrard...

Mulborough: Gerrard grossly overrated, complacent player allowed to rule roost. Committed some terrible fouls too but media glossed over.

"He could play for any club in the world"

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso talking to BBC Sport about Gerrard's impact:

"It is difficult to pick one moment. His goal against Olympiakos gave us the chance to get through the knock out stage and finally winning the Champions League. I remember the goal in the FA Cup final when he scored an unbelievable strike. It is difficult to pick one.

"He could play in any national team in the world. His name and the Liverpool name will always be linked."

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So what are your memories of Istanbul?

Katy Miles: Istanbul, dad screaming not to pass the ball to Smicer, then nearly strangling my brother when it went in.

rjelley: Istanbul...thinking about it still sends shivers down my spine. Changed my view on destiny with Dudek's double save.

One night in Istanbul

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (centre) celebrates winning the Champions League with his team-mates
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An extraordinary Champions League victory inspired by an extraordinary player.

With Liverpool

trailing 3-0 at half-time in the final against AC Milan on 25 May 2005, Gerrard rolls up his sleeves and inspires one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in the Europe's premier club competition. His headed goal immediately after the break gives the Reds a glimmer of a chance before the midfielder creates the space for Vladimir Smicer to add a second.

Gerrard then wins the penalty for Alonso to pull Liverpool level - propelling the final into extra-time and penalties.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Gerrard's top moments - number 1

Istanbul

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Seconds away from Gerrard's number one Liverpool moment. I think you know what it is...

He said what?

Gerrard on Liverpool fans

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"If Liverpool played a Cup final on the moon our fans would find a way of getting there."

One to go. Can you guess what it is?

BBC Radio 5 live

Times football editor Tony Evans: "If you characterise Gerrard for that slip, you aren't really thinking about football."

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Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter: "That will live with him. We saw it with Chelsea fans singing about it and holding laminated cards. He will never forget that slip. A desperate moment for him because he must have known the life was going to ebb from that campaign."

Gerrard slip
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Gerrard's slip caused an internet sensation...

Cruel slip

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Despite all of his talk of "not slipping" after the crucial win over Manchester City during last season's run-in, Liverpool's title charge did just - and in the most cruelly literal way possible for Gerrard.

With the 2013-14 season reaching a thrilling climax, Liverpool, five points clear at the top of the league with three matches left, hosted Chelsea on 27 April.

The title looked destined for Anfield but disaster struck as the

Blues ran out 2-0 winners, the first goal scored on the stroke of half-time after Gerrard mis-controlled then slipped inside his own half, allowing Demba Ba to run unopposed towards the Kop before slotting past Simon Mignolet.

Chelsea fans have not let Gerrard forget since.

Gerrard's top moments - number 2

The slip

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Number two? Turn away now Liverpool fans!

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Actress and Liverpool fan Sue Johnston: "Steven Gerrard has saved so many games for Liverpool at the right time. That is his passion. Liverpool players of old never used to give up, they played to the end and Stevie still has that."

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Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter: "A couple of hours after the game was over, I was walking out and went into the dressing room where Liverpool were. As the players walked out they would have seen a sign saying 'Mission: Whatever it takes'. Gerrard would have seen that going out and that is the nature of the man."

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Jack Lucey: Gerrard's amazing strike against West Ham in the FA Cup final for me was his best ever goal. The power behind it was unreal.

Striking a Hammer blow

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Liverpool, inspired by Gerrard, beat West Ham United on penalties to win the

2006 FA Cup final, the last at the Millennium Stadium before returning to Wembley.

Gerrard scored two goals in normal time, his second a spectacular last-minute drive from fully 35 yards sending a pulsating match into extra time.

Liverpool's captain also went on to score one of his team's penalties as Rafael Benitez's side won the shootout 3-1.

That's what you call a man-of the-match performance.

Gerrard's top moments - number 3

Stevie's Cup final

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And we're down to the final three. Number three? It's time to go back to 2006.

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Ciaran Downes: Xabi Alonso & Luis Suarez were far better, just look how far Liverpool fell as soon as those two left?

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Times football editor Tony Evans: "It was a great goal but we didn't realise how significant it was going to come to be. When the ball drops out of the sky and you need a last minute goal, he is the man in the whole of football history you want the ball to drop to. "

'Oh you beauty!'

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"Oh you beauty! What a hit son! What. A. Hit."

So screamed Andy Gray on Sky Sports on 8 December 2004 as Gerrard took one swing of his right boot in the 86th minute to drill home a third goal against Olympiakos to

complete a stunning comeback and fire Liverpool into the Champions League knockout stage.

The visitors went ahead when Rivaldo was brought down and scored from the resulting free-kick.

It left Liverpool needing three to go through and Florent Sinama Pongolle converted Harry Kewell's cross before Neil Mellor stabbed in from six yards. With time running out, up popped Gerrard with a goal that helped propel the Reds to the final and a famous night in Istanbul.

Gerrard's top moments - number 4

Greek God

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Number four? This moment is almost as famous for the commentary that accompanied it.

Just four more to go. Is Istanbul on the list? What about THAT slip?

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Times football editor Tony Evans: "It was a golden opportunity. A moment of high emotion and for the only time that season I thought, it [the title] is on."

"We go again"

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Liverpool's 3-2 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield on 13 April 2014 was the club's 10th successive win in the league.

More importantly, it put Liverpool in

control of the title race with four matches remaining. Within seconds of the final whistle, Gerrard's thoughts were already turning to the next game at Norwich.

The Liverpool captain gathered his team-mates together for a huddle on the Anfield pitch and delivered this rallying call: "This does not ******* slip now. Listen, Listen. This is gone. We go to Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again."