Steven Gerrard will call time on his Liverpool Football Club career at the end of the 2014/15 campaign and Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace will be the final time he heads out of the tunnel at Anfield as a player.
Loyalty is one of the first words that comes to mind when discussing Gerrard and his career. Liverpool was his boyhood club and despite the attempts of other clubs to lure him away with money and glory used to entice him, the player always stayed true.
The midfielder has always remained loyal to his adidas cleats as well. Soon after signing his professional contract with the Red, Gerrard signed with adidas in 1998. His silo of choice has been the Predator and he has worn every generation since that time.
Gerrard was spotted wearing a custom pair of his adidas Predators at Liverpool’s Melwood Training Ground leading us to believe something special is in store for the player. But before we get too worked up in our emotions of his farewell, 365.WSS takes a look back at some of the looks Steve G brought to the pitch.
The Accelerator was the first generation of the Predator that Gerrard pulled on. The cleat was an ideal look for the up-and-coming Reds player with the classic black upper with red and white detailing.
Gerrard made his first start for Liverpool against Blackburn in 1998 but it was not until 2000 that he was regularly working his way into the lineup. He made 50 starts in all competitions scored 10 goals and won his first pieces of silverware with the FA Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Cup titles.
The adidas Predator Precision helped him achieve these first milestones.
He did occasionally stray from the Predator in his early days but only in training sessions and then to turn to the classic adidas Copa Mundial.
Next up for Gerrard was being named team captain in October of 2003. He had learned the ropes and was ready to continue to develop while leading the Reds and wearing the adidas Predator Mania.
By this time Gerrard was a bona fide star and became one of the main faces of the adidas Predator Pulse when it launched in February 2004. He was joined at the UK launch event by England national team rugby star Jonny Wilkinson.
The biggest moment in his career came wearing the Pulse cleats. Gerrard captained his side to the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League title with a shocking comeback from a 3-0 first half deficit to win in penalties against AC Milan.
The adidas Predator Absolute was next on his list of cleats. Gerrard scored 23 goals in 53 appearances in 2005/06 and was voted the PFA Player of the Year.
April 13, 2008 saw Gerrard play in his 300th Premier League match for Liverpool. He scored the opening goal in the 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers wearing the adidas PowerSwerve.
Gerrard kept hitting milestones and in 2009, against vs Blackburn Rovers, made his 500th appearance for Liverpool wearing the adidas Predator X.
Other teams continued to chase after Gerrard in 2011, this time Bayern Munich reportedly looking for his signature, but the midfielder stayed put focusing on getting Liverpool back in the Champions League. He was wearing the new adidas adiPower Predator.
The adidas Predator LZ (Lethal Zone) cleats were next on his agenda.
Gerrard caused a ruckus in the cleat spotting world and had rumors that he was abandoning the silo when he started appearing in other cleats from adidas like the new NitroCharge and the 11Pro.
But he returned to his trusted Predator citing a foot injury that forced him into other silos temporarily.
With his time at Liverpool coming to a close, Gerrard is still loyal to his club colors and cleats. He is currently back where he belongs wearing the adidas Predator Instinct and ready to close out his time at Anfield with a special cleat and most likely have something special in store for when he touches down in Los Angeles to join the Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
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