Steven George Gerrard, MBE
“For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world." - Zidane
“He has become the most influential player in England, bar none. Not that Vieira lacks anything, but Gerrard does more.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
“I can’t think of a striker in the world who has scored so many important goals, never mind a midfielder.” – Thierry Henry
“I heard what Alex Ferguson said about him being better than me. He’s probably right. Gerrard is England's best player. ” – Patrick Vieira
“Steven Gerrard would be the captain of my World XI dream team.” – Francesco Totti
“I tried to bring him to Chelsea, I tried to bring him to Inter, I tried to bring him to Real Madrid but he was always a dear enemy,” - Mourinho
"Steven Gerrard is the best player I've played with" - Luis Suarez
"He is without a doubt the greatest player I have ever played with, he has everything" - Fernando Torres
710 Appearances, 186 goals (47 penalties)
FA Cup: 2001, 2006
Football League Cup: 2001, 2003, 2012
FA Community Shield: 2006
UEFA Champions League: 2005
UEFA Cup: 2001
UEFA Super Cup: 2001, 2005
Ballon d'Or Bronze Award (1): 2005
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 2005
FWA Footballer of the Year (1): 2009
PFA Players' Player of the Year (1): 2006
PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 2001
PFA Fans' Player of the Year (2): 2001, 2009
PFA Merit Award (1): 2015
PFA Team of the Year (8): 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
UEFA Team of the Year (3): 2005, 2006, 2007
FIFA FIFPro World XI (3): 2007, 2008, 2009
UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match (1): 2005
FA Cup Final Man of the Match (1): 2006
Premier League Player of the Month Award (6): March 2001, March 2003, December 2004, April 2006, March 2009, March 2014
Even if they are, it doesn't mean much. Argument to authority is generally very weak, especially when it comes to footballers. Every time they're asked to talk about someone else they praise them to heavens, it's one big circle jerk.
He was one of the best players of the world in the mid 00's. Shame that people who started watching in this decade will only remember the slip. The same happens with pirlo and people who think he's a meme free kick guy.
I feel like if the sheer amount of 'that liverpool feel' shitposting didn't occuring in 13-14 liverpool and gerrard would be far more liked on spee. as it was, I think he was unwilling to accept his decline in later years and was a very limited player but as his best in the mid 00's he was the best cm in the world, nothing he couldn't do:
>box to box
>incredible range of passing
>6'0 and was decent in the box
>good defender apart from the occasional rash red card
>clutch as fuck, scored massive goals a few of which where blooters
Scholes also won infinitely many more league titles than Gerrard.
I sat in the back of the car and felt the tears rolling down my face. I hadn't cried for years but, on the way home, I couldn't stop. The tears kept coming. I can't even tell you if the streets were thick with traffic or as empty as I was on the inside. It was killing me.
I felt numb, like I had lost someone in my family. It was as if my whole quarter of a century at this football club poured out of me. I did not even try to stem the silent tears as the events of the afternoon played over and over again in my head.
The quote that impressed me the most was this:
>"Steven Gerrard is the best player I've played with" - Luis Suarez
The rat king has played with fucking Messi, Nerman, Xavi, Iniesta, Forlán, Godín, and other great players and he picked Gerrard. He must be pretty good.
"The following morning, just before the squad left for training, Pearce pulled me into a toilet at The Grove. He said, ‘I just wanted to tell you face to face that I’m going to be picking Scott Parker to be the captain for this game.’
Scott Parker is a good player and honest; I’ve got a lot of respect for Scott as a player and a person. But to pick Scott Parker as England captain ahead of me? I don’t know whether it was a dig at Liverpool or something more personal — but my overall perception was Pearce was doing some muscle-flexing in the toilet mirrors."
"On the morning of the game, I felt like a caged animal. As I warmed up on the afternoon last March, the United fans opened their throats.
They pelted me with abuse — and their favourite song echoed around the away end:
'Steve Gerrard, Gerrard... he slipped on his f****** arse, he gave it to Demba Ba... Steve Gerrard, Gerrard...'
After a while, when they got bored, they swapped it for another chestnut:
'You nearly won the league, you nearly won the league... and now you better believe it, now you better believe it, now you better believe it, you nearly won the league.'
The anger in the caged animal grew and grew. United were swaggering, Anfield was very quiet. It was obvious I would come on at half-time."
No Chilel, you must be completely right.
Saurez played with Iniesta, Nerman, Xavi and Messi but as you say, SlippyG is the best in his opinion. Obviously the fact that OP created this thread just now must mean that Saurez made such a statement today, of course.
This. I'll never understand why people put so much weight on player/coaches quotes. They literally change their minds every month depending on who they feel like giving props to this time.
And honestly, how often do you see a player or a coach say something like "Nah, I don't think he's that good"? It almost never happens because they all like to just suck each other off
one moment can define even a great athlete's entire career at times. look at boxer Michael Spinks. hands down hall of famer and an all time great, yet all anyone remembers is him being fed to a prime Mike Tyson. sports can be brutal at times m8.
But if Stephano Gerrardini is such amaze and influential man, how come he never lead team to EPL title???
Every Liverpool fan say Liverpool are greatest club in history, but how come they no win title for Slippy G???
Why would you go on internet and lie???
Sorry for poor Englando, OP gave me brain tumour
>But if Stephano Gerrardini is such amaze and influential man, how come he never lead team to EPL title???
Liverpool never had enough money to win it. By the time Gerrard hit his prime, Abramovich had changed the game. Even when Liverpool's starting XI was good enough to win the league (late 2000s and 2013), they ended up losing because they couldn't afford the depth they needed (especially in defense, which is what fucked them over in 13/14).