The next few months could be the biggest in Steven Gerrard’s career. With Liverpool flying high domestically, he could finally get his hands on a much-deserved Premier League trophy, before flying out to Brazil for possibly his last World Cup.
And as he continues to shine in Brendan Rodgers’ impressive ensemble, Gerrard has received praise from an unlikely source.
Brazil’s technical director Carlos Alberto Parreira has revealed just how highly the Reds’ captain is regarded in the country set to host this summer’s tournament.
In quotes published by the club’s official website, Parreira said, “I like Gerrard very much. He is, for me, a wonderful player. He would play in the Brazilian team, yes.
“The Brazilian players love him and respect him.”
That is a huge compliment for a player who may have not always got the credit he deserves.
Some may have felt his loyalty to Liverpool has hindered his reputation on a global-scale. But the truth is anything but, with Gerrard’s outstanding talent recognised – and envied – by some of the most succesful men in the game.
It would be a fitting tribute to a great player if he can inspire his side to a league title this season; and as for the World Cup, well maybe that is a dream too far. But surely Gerrard will take inspiration from the fact that one of the favourites for the competition would seemingly pick him in a heartbeat if they could.