Departing captain Steven Gerrard digs Liverpool out of rut again

His former manager Gérard Houllier said the midfielder was always there when it mattered most – and so it proved again in the FA Cup
Match report: AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Liverpool

So the long and winding road out of the Liverpool door began for Steven Gerrard on a winter evening in Kingston upon Thames. An unlikely location for the beginning of the end, a six-month valediction that will moisten the eyes of most ardent supporters and one at which he dragged his side away from the precipice of ignominy. Not for the first time.

Gerrard played a key role in Liverpool’s progression into round four, only days after announcing his departure from the club at the end of the season, when he will join a Major League Soccer club in the US. Aside from scoring twice, he was the fulcrum of his side, an inspiring influence on a night that required character and talent in equal measure.

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