It seems that Sir Cliff’s brand of inadequate pop mixed with just the right amount of bible bashing, was enough to make young Steven to devote his life to the Summer Holiday singer.
He said: “When I was growing up, lots of my friends would idolise Kenny Dalglish or Ian Rush. But, I have to confess I only had eyes for Cliff.”
In fact, it was Gerrard’s father who pushed him into the harsh world of professional ball kicking, something that the player will never forget.
He said: “Look, I know I am incredibly wealthy and have the adulation of millions, but I truly believe that if I had been allowed to follow my dream of running the ‘I heart CF’ fan club, then my life would be much, much better.”
Asked which songs are his favourite, Gerrard was quick to respond, adding: “It’s hard to pick just one, amongst so many classic tracks. Mistletoe and Wine is obviously up there, but then Saviour’s Day is one of the greatest songs ever written. It’s about him you know…..”
The clearly erudite Gerrard is somewhat of a renaissance man amongst the rabble of his contemporaries. His basement is a proverbial shrine to all things Cliff, including calenders, posters, condoms and mugs emblazoned with the iconic brand of the former Shadows frontman.
Infamously, Gerrard missed the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea because Richard was in the middle of a sell out tour of Welsh bingo halls. But, the England captain still does not regret that particular decision.
He said: “When it comes to choosing between Cliff Richard and my country, there is only ever one winner.”