Medals, not accolades, drive Gerrard
Steven Gerrard reaches 500 games for
So Gerrard maintains the importance of securing a Champions League spot for next season – by finishing in the top four – far outweighs any personal success with such an appearances milestone.
He says: “It is a really proud thing to reach milestones from a personal point of view, a great feeling. But I would like to think when I hang up my boots I will look back on prizes not personal milestones.
“As a player I never, ever think I am in the top this or that. Although I do have a confidence now that I am a good player, and that I can compete at a high level, but that’s it.
“It’s great to have these accolades, but it doesn’t mean much without prizes.
“Football excites me and the big prizes excite me even more for club and country. You want to win them all. I want to win what I can for
Gerrard admits he never considered such a landmark when he started out, also against
He said: “When you are such a young age you don’t look too far ahead. It has always been drummed into me by my dad and my coaches not to look too far ahead.
“At that stage when I started out, a long career wasn’t even in my mind, because maybe you don’t think you’re good enough, or you dare not look ahead.
“You just want one game, then a few games, and you can’t start thinking you have made it. Not ever.
“I never dreamed I would get so many games, and it is a great feeling to hit that landmark.”