In pictures: BBC Sport's footballers of 2004
Steven Gerrard

Liverpool's midfield powerhouse Gerrard has again impressed as one of the most influential players in the country.

After Euro 2004 Chelsea came calling, but Abramovich's millions failed to lure Gerrard as he chose to stay loyal to the Benitez revolution at Anfield.

Injury has since frustrated him, but his presence is vital to Liverpool's future.

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