Steven Gerrard a walking Liverpudlian legend, England centurion and captain, a Champions League winner, a PFA young and player of the year winner but not a Premier League winner as of yet that is.
His accolades speak for themselves: two FA Cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup and two UEFA Super Cup but the man born in Whiston, Merseyside hasn’t managed to get his hands on the Barclays Premier League.
Until just over a month ago, Gerrard himself most likely thought that his dreams of lifting that prestigious trophy were dead, buried and not in sight. He would end a delightful career having not won the one thing he desired and deserves with his hometown club.
But with Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool side producing some in enticing football towards the end of the season, Gerrard has renewed hopes of winning the first Premier League in the clubs distinguished history.
He looks re-energised, re-born, fresh. His performing at the top level along in a new role deployed by Rodgers.
But remember the 5th of June 2005, high spending Chelsea at the time tabled a £32 million bid for the 25 year old midfielder. A transfer to Mourinho’s team would have been a ticket to the Premier League.
Gerrard handed in a transfer request at the time, wanting to fulfil his dream of picking up his Premier League. But after threats upon his family and the likelihood of him becoming the most hated player, he retracted and decided to stay with Liverpool.
He opted to fight with the club that developed his talent to win the league with them rather than take the easy way out.
At one stage that dream seemed a distinct possibility in 2008/2009, the year Fernando Torres was arguably the best striker in the World. Liverpool manager at the time Rafael Benitez was entrenched in a feud with Sir Alex Ferguson. And Gerrard was striving to win the league, that year they failed.
Since then his side have dropped out of the top four, tangling with 6th and 7th spot in the league and become less of a threat until now. Where they have a real chance of securing the league.
Winning the league with the club you grew up with supporting as a boy, is a fantasy every football fan has. Playing on school grounds imagining yourself lifting that trophy and becoming a hero.
Gerrard epitomises that fantasy, rather than going elsewhere for countless amount of money the boy from Whisdon chose to stay loyal and battle with his hometown club.
For that reason there’s no player in the Premier League that deserves to lift that trophy more than Steven Gerrard. As he is living the dream that everyone young and old wants to live.
On the 11th of May, when Liverpool host Newcastle at Anfield, Liverpool fans will be hoping that Gerrard will finally get to place both his hands on the Barclays Premier League trophy, kiss it before raising it in celebration. As he truly deserves it.