Steven Gerrard

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Few men will ever match the legacy forged by Steven Gerrard at Liverpool FC. The only player in Reds history to feature in the club’s all-time top five for both appearances and goals, the talismanic midfielder clocked up an astonishing 710 games and found the target 186 times.

A complete footballer of undoubted world-class ability, revered by teammates and opponents alike, respected by rivals and adored by supporters, nothing seemed impossible to Gerrard – he could do everything and he gave everything.

The midfielder’s tendency to drag his teammates along with him to achieve great things is perhaps best evidenced by his unique record of having scored in the finals of the Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.

And few players end their careers having made even one contribution to a football match as iconic as his barely believable last-minute equaliser against West Ham United in the FA Cup final, or the unforgettable half-volley against Olympiacos that kept the Reds on track for European Cup glory. That’s without mentioning the inch-perfect header that kick-started a miracle in Istanbul.

But that was Gerrard through and through during a 17-year Anfield career: The Scouser who grew up to captain his boyhood club, to be one of the best in the world, to collect trophies.

Bob Paisley

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Twenty trophies in nine seasons – not bad for a man who was loath to make the step into football management.

But then, that was the reluctant genius that was Bob Paisley, the manager given the unenviable task of succeeding the legendary Bill Shankly.

A humble son of the North East, Paisley was always more at ease in the wings rather than centre stage, but when it came to knowledge of the game and the ability to spot a player, his record spoke volumes.

Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Alan Kennedy, Ronnie Whelan, Ian Rush and Mark Lawrenson were just some of the players brought to Anfield during Bob’s time in charge and each went on to cement themselves as a club legend.

In the process, three European Cups, six league championships, three League Cups and one UEFA Cup were added to the Anfield honours board.

His achievements in such a short period in charge cannot be overstated, nor will they ever be eclipsed and he is quite rightly recognised as one of the greatest football managers of all-time.