It appears Steven Gerrard knows the right way to say goodbye.
Gerrard scored twice in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Wimbledon in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday at Kingsmeadow. Gerrard struck just three days after the 34-year-old midfielder announced that the 2014-15 season would be his last as a Liverpool player. Gerrard admittedly has been emotional since Friday, but he was his usual influential self when he stepped on the field.
Gerrard gave Liverpool an early lead when he started and finished a move in the 12th minute. He initially passed to Javier Manquillo, continued running toward Wimbledon’s goal and headed the Spanish fullback’s cross past goalkeeper James Shea.
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Wimbledon tied the score before halftime, creating a giant-killing scenario. However, Gerrard wouldn’t let that come to pass.
In the 62nd minute, Gerrard beat Shea with a perfectly struck free kick from 25 yards out. Gerrard’s superb strike would stand as the game-winning goal.
Gerrard now has scored nine goals in 27 games this season. Four of them have come in 2015.
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At this rate, Gerrard could reach his personal-best goal tally of 24 (set in 2008-09) by the end of the season. Gerrard is unlikely to do so, but it never hurts when he makes Liverpool fans dream of what else he has in store for the final five months of his legendary Anfield career.
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