Steven Gerrard has just announced his retirement from football, so the slight chance that he could join his former manager Rafa Benitez on Tyneside and play a couple of seasons at Newcastle is gone.
Steven played 710 games for Liverpool, his home town club and scored 186 goals.
Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez with Champions League trophy
For us, he was one of the greatest club players in history and we will never forget how he led that comeback in the second half of that Champions League cup final against Milan in Istanbul back in May, 2005.
The Reds were 3-0 down at half time and it looked like it was all over, but they somehow drew level at 3-3 in the second half, led by a dominant Gerrard,
After a scoreless extra time they won 3-2 on penalties in what was the greatest comeback in European club competition.
That was Steven Gerrard the leader and footballer at his very best.
And when he led Liverpool to that 5-1 win against us on December 28th, 2008 and replaced in the second half, he got a standing ovation from the appreciative Geordie fans for his brilliant performance that day for Rafa Benitez’ side.
It was interesting that Mike Ashley had announced before the game he would not be selling Newcastle United.
Rafa Benitez only recently said he was one of the best players he has ever coached.
Gerrard captained England and played 114 times for his country with 21 goals.
In short – Steven Gerrard was a fantastic footballer.