What do you want from your heroes? 1. Victory in the face of insurmountable odds , carrying the weight of the defeated and urging them onto victory and 2. Flaws.
Steven Gerrard is more than a football player, he's more than a hero, his very nature and career is a reflection of the plain reality of life. He's the greatest because he wasn't the greatest. He's a metaphor for life and us and Liverpool and I don't care how pretentious that sounds.
Heroic? lets look at it.1. Victory in the face of insurmountable odds, and carrying the ordinary onto great things.
Certainly for us as Liverpool fans, perhaps all football fans, the last minute screamer, the winning, stunning goal at the very death, when all is lost, gives us the goosebumps, the elation, the throat wrenching roar, far more often that the 4-0, the 5-0. The Olympiakos 3-1 win in 2005 is a greater game than the 4-0 win over Madrid when looked at in the safety of retrospective emotional comfort. I'd argue that goal against West Ham moves me more than his Istanbul header. Perhaps merely because of when it came in the game.Think of St Etienne and Davey F, history retold a thousand times. No-one talks of the Grasshopper 6-1 aggregate win that campaign, but everyone knows of the carrot topped mental moment. Like Olympiakos, when all was seemingly lost, up Gerrard pops and does the business. The never -say -die, the pushing on, the playing to the very last second...