Football: 700 appearances for Liverpool great Gerrard

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (above) became just the third player in the club's history to make 700 appearances for the Merseysiders when he was included in the starting side to play Bolton Wanderers in a FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Macron
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (above) became just the third player in the club's history to make 700 appearances for the Merseysiders when he was included in the starting side to play Bolton Wanderers in a FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Macron Stadium on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: EPA

BOLTON, United Kingdom (AFP) - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard became just the third player in the club's history to make 700 appearances for the Merseysiders when he was included in the starting side to play Bolton Wanderers in a FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Macron Stadium on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old midfielder has spent his entire career at home town club Liverpool, having had a 25-year association with the Anfield side since coming on to their books as a schoolboy.

However, the former England captain will leave Liverpool at the end of this season, with Gerrard set to follow in David Beckham's footsteps by joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in North America's Major League Soccer.

Only winger/midfielder Ian Callaghan, with a club-record 857 appearances, and Gerrard's former team-mate Jamie Carragher (737) have turned out more times in senior competition for Liverpool than the current Reds skipper.