Steven Gerrard was playing abroad when the robbery took place
A man has admitted his part in a raid at the home of Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard in which his wife was threatened by masked men.
Alex Curran, was told by the gang they would "take her kids" if she failed to hand over cash and jewellery.
Martin Wilson, 22, of Hollowcroft, Stockbridge Village, had initially denied burglary but pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.
The gang stole Ms Curran's Rolex watch in the raid in Formby in 2007.
The men struck while the midfielder, 29, was playing in Liverpool's Champions League tie in Marseille.
Ms Curran, 27, had remained at home with their two children, Lilly-Ella and Lexie, now aged six and four, and their nanny Lyndsey Johnston.
Gang in hallway
The court heard how the two women and the children were in their bedrooms when a loud smash was heard downstairs.
Graham Pickavance, prosecuting, said: "Alexandra Curran left her bedroom and met Lyndsey Johnston at the top of the stairs.
"Miss Johnston said she thought somebody had got into the house and as they looked they saw a group of men walking into the hallway."
Miss Curran shouted to the men to leave, but they asked her for jewellery and the safe.
When she said there was no safe and the jewellery was not kept at home, one of the gang told another to "get the blade out of the car", before telling Ms Curran: "If you don't tell us where the safe is, we'll take the kids."
Ms Curran told the men the safe was in a cupboard downstairs so they then "dragged" her with them to look.
They also forced her to hand over the silver Rolex watch she was wearing.
Mr Pickavance added: "The men attempted to take the safe but they could not move it very far because it was too heavy.
"So they began to ransack the room."
They then asked to get access to the house's CCTV system, but when Ms Curran said she did not know how to get into it, the gang left through French windows.
Wilson is serving six years and eight months in jail after admitting conspiracy to burgle in a separate incident.
The court heard how he had a long list of previous convictions, including drugs and motoring offences.
A second charge of robbery, also in connection with the Gerrard incident, was withdrawn by the prosecution.
Wilson was remanded in custody until sentencing on 27 May.