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  1. "I've loved every minute of it"

    Steven Gerrard
  2. Walk on

    Steven Gerrard

    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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    BBC Radio 5 live

    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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    Gerrard wins

    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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    BBC Radio 5 live

    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."

  6. He said what?

    Gerrard on being captain

    Steven Gerrard

    "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."

  7. Vote results


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

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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!

  9. Mr Reliable

    Gerrard with fans

    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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    BBC Radio 5 live

    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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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Liverpool fans

    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."

  12. Join the debate at #bbcfootball


    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.

  14. "He could play for any club in the world"

    Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso

    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.

  16. One night in Istanbul

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (centre) celebrates winning the Champions League with his team-mates

    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.

  17. Gerrard's top moments - number 1


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

  19. He said what?

    Gerrard on Liverpool fans

    Liverpool fans

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

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    One to go. Can you guess what it is?

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    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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    BBC Radio 5 live

    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."

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    Gerrard slip

    Gerrard's slip caused an internet sensation...

  24. Cruel slip

    Steven Gerrard slip signs

    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.

  25. Gerrard's top moments - number 2

    The slip

    Steven Gerrard
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    Number two? Turn away now Liverpool fans!

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    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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    BBC Radio 5 live

    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.

  30. Striking a Hammer blow

    Steven Gerrard

    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.

  31. Gerrard's top moments - number 3

    Stevie's Cup final

    Steven Gerrard
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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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    BBC Radio 5 live

    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. "

  35. 'Oh you beauty!'

    Steven Gerrard

    "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.

  36. Gerrard's top moments - number 4

    Greek God

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

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

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    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."

  40. "We go again"

    Steven Gerrard

    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."

  41. Gerrard's top moments - number 5

    Marking 25th Hillsborough anniversary with win

    Steven Gerrard
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    Here's number five. Want a clue? It involves a huddle at the end of a win on an emotional day.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Times football editor Tony Evans: "Rafael Benitez would always try to act as a brake on him. Rafa tried to keep his feet on the ground. There was an edginess in their relationship."

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    Here are a few more of your memories of Liverpool winning the Champions League in 2005...

    Russell: On my couch ..watching the game with my Man U -supporting cousin. He stopped laughing with the score at 2-3 Milan.

    Shane Daly: I was watching a movie in my girlfriend's house, (she didn't like football) her Dad was watching the match, i did sneak a peak.

    Ashish: Saw Liverpool trailing 0-3 should have been 0-4. Stopped watching. Next day TV flash showed Liverpool won. I thought it was a typo.

  45. Vote

    He may have only had one haircut but when was Gerrard at his best? You can vote on which Liverpool manager he was at his best under on this page. Read the terms and conditions here and we will publish the results soon after the vote closes at 21:30 BST.

  46. Kiss cam

    Steven Gerrard

    'Kiss cam' is popular around the Major League Soccer grounds, and Gerrard was first spotted practising kissing in front of the camera in 2009 after scoring against Liverpool's bitter rivals Manchester United.

    Gerrard could not resist planting a smacker on a pitch-side TV camera after scoring from the penalty spot in a 4-1 win at the then champions - a remarkable result for Rafael Benitez's side.

    Liverpool were flying at the time, with Fernando Torres, who also scored, flourishing under Gerrard's captaincy.

    The Reds went on to win eight of their remaining nine games but it was still not enough as they finished four points behind champions United.

  47. Gerrard's top moments - number 6

    Stevie's Theatre of Dreams

    Steven Gerrard
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    Number six? El Nino and El Gerrardo.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter: "It encapsulates the quality that has given Gerrard his edge. The rivalry was huge between Liverpool and Manchester United. Growing up he always admired Bryan Robson and wore his England shirt, his father said you can't wear that because he plays for Manchester United. What would the neighbours think? That is in his DNA, the shirt was driving him on. You can't control the hurricane."

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    Matt Murphy: As a Liverpool fan, I never want Gerrard to leave, ever. As a football fan, him and Jose Mourinho would've worked wonders.

  51. Red Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard

    No one can accuse Gerrard of not being committed to the Reds. But he was like a red rag to a bull when he came on as a substitute with his side trailing 1-0 at home to Manchester United on 22 March this year - Liverpool's number eight was sent off after just 38 seconds.

    Gerrard was punished for stamping on Ander Herrera moments after being tackled by the Spaniard. Liverpool went on to lose the game 2-1.

    It was the seventh red card of his Liverpool career - his first also came as a substitute, against Everton in 1999 - and a sorry Gerrard later apologised for "letting down my team-mates and the fans".

  52. Gerrard's top moments - number 7

    Gerrard the red

    Steven Gerrard
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    Number seven? Gerrard doesn't like to hang about when he is on the pitch. And he was on and off in a hurry the last time he faced Liverpool's bitter rivals Manchester United.

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    Sarah: In Istanbul! Best night ever

    Van Kyleder: Crying in my Living room with my dad and brothers for the first half then going wild when we won.

    A few more of your memories of Liverpool winning the Champions League 10 years ago.

  55. Treble joy

    Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Gerrard Houllier and Sami Hyypia

    Gerrard leaves Anfield with a reputation for scoring in high-stake games. Istanbul, Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge - he has netted on almost all the big stages he has played on.

    But where did he develop this knack?

    After helping Liverpool win the League Cup final against Birmingham and the FA Cup against Arsenal, the then 20-year-old scored the second of his side's five goals to defeat Spain's Alaves in the 2001 Uefa Cup final in Dortmund.

  56. Gerrard's top moments - number 8

    A star is born

    Steven Gerrard
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    Number eight? What a night in Dortmund!

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    The Times' football editor Tony Evans on BBC Radio 5 live: "He couldn't bring himself to leave, there is lots of mythology, that is rubbish. Ultimately his family didn't want him to leave and after that difficult night of the shirt-burning, he sat in the night and was almost hyperventilating, and couldn't bring himself to leave."

  59. When Anfield was rocked

    Steven Gerrard and Jose Mourinho

    Less than two months after Liverpool won the 2005 Champions League, Anfield was shaken to the core as Gerrard said he wanted to leave after turning down a new £100,000-a-week contract.

    Aged 25 at the time, Gerrard's announcement came after Liverpool rejected a £32m bid from Chelsea, managed by Jose Mourinho in his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

    Some fans reacted by burning Gerrard's shirt outside the Shankly Gates at Anfield.

    Days later, he had a change of heart after talks with chief executive Rick Parry, who said: "He realises how much the club means to him."

  60. Gerrard's top moments - number 9

    When Chelsea came calling

    Steven Gerrard
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    And here comes number 9 in Gerrard's top 10 Liverpool moments. Remember photographs of fans burning his shirt outside the Shankly Gates?

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    Daily Telegraph football writer Henry Winter on BBC Radio 5 live: One of the great things about Gerrard is the impact he has had. It was the first Merseyside derby hat trick at Anfield since 1935, he ripped up the history books.

  63. From a blue to a red

    Steven Gerrard and Tim Cahill

    Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on Instagram:"Farewell to Steven Gerrard it was a privilege to have played against this guy in the derbies and more importantly to see his passion for his club. Yes he's a red and I'll always be blue but I have a lot of respect for this guy. Liverpool will not be the same without him. Wish him and his family all the best in America in the MLS. #Respect #Loyalty"

  64. Singing the blues

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Everton

    Not everyone on Merseyside is sad to see Gerrard leave. Indeed, Everton fans could be forgiven for accompanying the midfielder to the airport to ensure he boards his flight to Los Angeles after scoring nine goals in derbies.

    Gerrard made 33 appearances against the Toffees, but his stand-out performance in the fixture came under the Anfield floodlights on 13 March 2012.

    He netted a hat-trick, scoring in the first half and then twice more after the break - to earn Liverpool their biggest win over Everton since 1982. It was also the first hat-trick in a Merseyside derby since Ian Rush scored four in the Reds' 5-0 win at Goodison Park that same day 33 years ago, and the first at Anfield since Fred Howe achieved the feat for Liverpool in 1935.

  65. Gerrard's top moments - number 10

    Toffees crumble

    Steven Gerrard
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    Number 10 in Gerrard's top moments is....

  67. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We are also asking for your memories of Liverpool's 2005 Champions League final win...

    Parbej: Lost interest once Liverpool were down 3-0, inevitable win for Milan. Only to walk past the TV and see a draw on our hands.

    Paul Harris: At 3-0 I was stood in the ground in total shock, whilst getting lots of texts from blue noses & Mancs. None at FT though.

    Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only), or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  68. 'Cut him and he bleeds red. Obviously...'

    Better than any politician

    Steven Gerrard

    "It's Liverpool. Not just Liverpool as a football club but Liverpool the supporters and Liverpool the city," says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

    "What Steven has given to this city, politicians haven't given to this city. He's a wonderful symbol for the people here and is an icon of the club."

    Tune in to BBC Radio 5 live now. Gerrard's top 10 moments is starting...

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    Ashley Taylor: An outstanding player, my role model growing up as a child, unbelievable talent, @LAGalaxy have a legend on side.

    John Rogers: I would rate Steven as no 1 Liverpool player. Dalglish was great but Steve near enough carried the club on his own at times.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't forget Gerrard's top 10 moments is starting on BBC Radio 5 live in a few minutes. Mike Ingham is presenting the programme, while guests include Royle Family actress and Liverpool fan Sue Johnston, Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter and Tony Evans, football editor of the Times. Just click the 'Live coverage' tag above to listen.

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    Better than King Kenny?

    Where is Steven Gerrard on the list of Liverpool greats? Better than Kenny Dalglish? Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only), or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

    nickoluoch: Of all the players I have watched, he is most definitely [the best].

    Jose Ignacio: I think he is better than Dalglish!

  72. Quiz

    Can you name one team-mate from each of the 17 seasons Gerrard has been at Anfield? Do you remember what Vegard Heggem looks like? Why not warm up for the top 10 moments by taking part in BBC Sport's Steven Gerrard quiz.

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    Just a hunch but I've got a feeling the city of Istanbul might feature in Gerrard's top 10 moments. Where were you when Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to win the 2005 Champions League? Did you walk out of the pub in frustration at half-time? Turn the telly off because you couldn't take any more? Or perhaps you were jumping for joy that Milan were winning? We want to know. Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only), or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  74. Vote

    He may have only had one haircut but when was Gerrard at his best? You can vote on which Liverpool manager he was at his best under on this page. Read the terms and conditions here and we will publish the results soon after the vote closes at 21;30 BST.

  75. Gerrard's Liverpool career in numbers

    Steven Gerrard

    Seven hundred and nine games. One hundred and eighty five goals. Two FA Cups. One MBE. Three League Cups. One Champions League. One Uefa Cup. Countless man of the match awards. Hero to tens of thousands.

    No wonder Liverpool fans across the world are mourning the departure of Steven George Gerrard.

  76. He said what?

    Gerrard on the 'slip' chant...

    Steven Gerrard slip

    "Does it affect me? No, it drives me on to perform better. It has taken time to recover from last season, of course. It was a huge setback when we fell short. It hit me hard."

    Will Gerrard's costly slip against Chelsea feature in the top 10?

  77. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Better than King Kenny?

    Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard
    Image caption: Is Gerrard Liverpool's best ever?

    So, Stevie G is leaving for America after more than 700 games, 185 goals and 10 trophies.

    Where does he rank in the list of Premier League-era midfield greats? Above Roy Keane? Below Patrick Vieira?

    Where is he on the list of Liverpool greats? Better than Kenny Dalglish?

    Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only), or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  78. Coming up

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Steven Gerrard

    It's been a career packed with goals, highs, lows, trophies but no Premier League title. What's your favourite Steven Gerrard Liverpool memory? Manchester City fans will no doubt put his infamous slip against Chelsea at Anfield at the top of their list as Liverpool's title challenge faltered at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

    Liverpool fans will recall happier times - the cup treble under Gerard Houllier in 2001, the 2006 FA Cup final and, of course, events in Istanbul in 2005.

    Over the course of the next two hours we will be reflecting on Gerrard's club career. From 20:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live Mike Ingham will reveal the midfielder's top ten moments, as chosen by a BBC Sport panel including John Motson and Phil Neville. Guests include Royle Family actress and Liverpool fan Sue Johnston, Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter and Tony Evans, football editor of the Times.

    Just click the 'Live coverage' tag above to listen.

  79. Liverpool love affair

    Steven Gerrard

    It started on a cold November Sunday afternoon at Anfield in 1998. Few noticed the shy fresh-freshed 18-year-old as he made a fleeting first appearance as a substitute but it was not long before the relationship between Steven Gerrard and Liverpool fans blossomed into a full blown love affair.

    Like all passionate relationships, it has been full of emotional highs. It has also been punctured by crushing lows. There have been fall-outs,euphoric highs and moments to forget.

    Adored at Anfield and admired by Liverpool's fiercest rivals, Gerrard says a final farewell in a red shirt six days short of his 35th birthday against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

    A good time then to look back at Gerrard's top 10 Liverpool moments as the LA Galaxy-bound midfielder prepares to pack his bags and say farewell to the Premier League.