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Captain of Liverpool FC and a product of the Liverpool Youth Academy, Steven Gerrard is one of the brightest young talents in the English game.

Gerrard is the driving force of the team and when he is on the top of his game Liverpool more than usually win.

Gerrard had a superb personal 2003/04 season winning the Liverpool supporters player of the year award and website award by some distance.

He also captained England for the first time in Sweden and is off to Euro 2004 with the squad.

A boyhood Liverpool fan, Gerrard is living the dream of playing for his team and is considered by many to be the complete midfield player.

The former YTS trainee has made incredible progress in such a short space of time. Tough tackling and with great passing vision Gerrard is also capable of scoring spectacular goals. Indeed his strike against Manchester United during the 2000/01 treble season was voted the club's best ever Premiership goal, in an exclusive poll on

As well as collecting winner's medals in the Worthington Cup (twice), FA Cup and UEFA Cup, Gerrard also picked up the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2001.

Gerrard made his Reds debut in November 1998 as a second half substitute for Vegard Heggem against Blackburn. His full debut came in the UEFA Cup against Celta Vigo and despite the Reds losing on the night, Gerrard's outstanding performance belied his tender years.

It was Anfield legend Kevin Keegan who handed Gerrard his England debut and the midfielder scored his first goal for his country in Munich with a magnificent strike from 25-yards in the 5-1 win over Germany in September 2001.

Sadly for Stevie, a groin operation ruled him out of the England World Cup squad for the 2002 finals.

Gerard Houllier made him club captain ahead of the UEFA Cup clash with Olimpija Ljubljana in October 2003.