Steven Gerrard

One of the most respected players in English football history, Steven Gerrard made more than 700 appearances for his home club of Liverpool, winning the FA Cup twice and the League Cup on three occasions.

Most notably he lifted the Champions League trophy as captain in 2005, inspiring Liverpool to an incredible second-half comeback from 3-0 down to AC Milan. That year he also finished third in the Ballon d’Or vote, the annual award to recognise the best players in Europe.

He left Liverpool in 2015 as the only footballer to have scored in an FA Cup final, a League Cup final, a UEFA Cup final and a Champions League final, finishing on the winning team on each occasion.

As an international, he represented his country 114 times, making him England’s fourth most capped player ever.

Winding up his playing career in the USA at LA Galaxy, he completed two seasons in Major League Soccer. He returned to Liverpool in 2017 to serve his apprenticeship as a youth coach. He was soon promoted to manager of the club’s U18 side and was subsequently put in charge of Liverpool’s U19s for the start of their 2017–18 UEFA Youth League campaign.

Ahead of the 2018–19 season, Gerrard was appointed manager of Scottish giants, Rangers, signing a four-year deal. In his first season the club qualified for the Europa League group stages, finished league runners-up for the first time since 2012, and inflicted the first Old Firm defeat on Celtic in three years, more than a dozen games. The following year Rangers were again league runners-up, reached the league cup final, won at Celtic Park for the first time since 2010 and reached the Europa League last 16.