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There is nothing as dramatic in football as a late goal. And when the late goal comes from the penalty spot, the drama is amplified even further.
Steven Gerrard 's spot kick at Fulham felt like a massive moment in Liverpool's season. Drama? Just a bit! The skipper is the man for the big occasion, where the Reds are concerned. He has proven it time and time again.
As a penalty taker, he hasn't always been perfect. When he was younger, he seemed to be a bit uptight, and unsure of what he wanted to do.
I remember him once saying he was finished with penalties after missing one against Spurs at Anfield, but since then he has taken some huge ones, and taken them with aplomb. He hits them hard, and he hits them in the corners. If a goalkeeper saves one of those, then you can do little but applaud him.
I took 45 penalties in my career, and scored 42. The other three were saved. My technique was to wait for the goalkeeper to move one way, and then stick the ball the other side. If all else failed, I would always go hard and low to the 'keeper's right.
It wasn't always that straightforward, of course. Peter Shilton, for example, never used to move before the kick was taken. You could never send him the wrong way as a result, but he would usually start his dive when I was running back to the centre circle for the re-start!
I never practised taking penalties, but I enjoyed the responsibility.
There was only one time I can remember feeling nervous taking a penalty for Liverpool, and that was against Watford at Vicarage Road in the FA Cup quarter-final replay.
There were four minutes left, and I knew that if I missed it was game over.
Thankfully, I didn't, and neither did Stevie on Wednesday.