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After 1,742 days without UEFA Champions League action, Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard marked his return to the competition with the winning goal in his side's matchday one fixture against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. Here Champions Matchday magazine looks at the 34-year-old's UEFA Champions League career in numbers.
68 UEFA Champions League appearances for Liverpool midfielder Gerrard, who made his debut in a 1-1 Anfield draw with Boavista FC on 11 September 2001. He has been in the starting lineup for 64 of those games, playing the full 90 or 120 minutes 51 times.
20 goals and 12 assists for Gerrard in the competition (not including qualifiers). The first of each came in a 2-1 victory at FC Dynamo Kyiv on 16 October 2001. Gerrard has scored eight winning goals and set up four. The Reds' No8 was at his most prolific in 2007/08, when he hit six and supplied four goals, and the following campaign when he scored seven with one assist.
47 times Gerrard has captained Liverpool as a starter in the UEFA Champions League. He first donned the armband in a 2-0 home success against AS Monaco FC on 15 September 2004, creating the opening goal for Djibril Cissé.
2005 Gerrard's 54th-minute header began the comeback against AC Milan now known as the miracle in Istanbul. Three goals in seven second-half minutes turned round a 3-0 half-time deficit and took the final to a shoot-out which the Merseysiders won 3-2. It was Liverpool's fifth European Cup triumph, their first since beating AS Roma, also on penalties, in 1984.
7 Englishmen have captained their team to victory in a European Cup final. Three did so with Liverpool: Emlyn Hughes (1977, 1978), Phil Thompson (1981) and Gerrard (2005). The others are Sir Bobby Charlton (Manchester United FC, 1968), Dennis Mortimer (Aston Villa FC, 1982), Rio Ferdinand (United, 2008) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea FC, 2012).
48 percentage of matches Liverpool have won in this competition with Gerrard on the pitch. He has inspired 33 victories, drawing 18 and losing 17 in his UEFA Champions League career.
26 UEFA Champions League games which Gerrard has started in central midfield. He kicked off as a No10 or second striker in 18 matches, 17 in right midfield and three in left midfield.
42 midfielders Gerrard has played alongside in the competition. On the right of boss Gérard Houllier's 4-4-2 on his debut, the 21-year-old shared midfield duties with Gary McAllister, Dietmar Hamann and Danny Murphy, the latter replaced by John Arne Riise. His most common partner in the middle was Xabi Alonso, whom he teamed up with 30 times.
42 goals Gerrard has scored from the penalty spot for Liverpool. Seven of them – including the winner in the third minute of added time against Ludogorets – have come in the UEFA Champions League.
This article appears in the latest issue of Champions Matchday, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League. Champions Matchday is available in print and digital format, with the first three digitial issues of this campaign free of charge. You can follow the magazine on Twitter @ChampionsMag.
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