Emmanuel Adebayor singles this Liverpool man out for praise

Steven Gerrard

The Tottenham Hotspur striker was more impressed by Steven Gerrard than any of the Reds' younger players.

After Tottenham's strong start to the Premier League season, you could understand if they were at least a little frustrated to lose 3-0 to Liverpool at White Hart Lane in their third game of the campaign.

Perhaps the manner of the victory was even more daunting for Spurs than the scoreline, as Brendan Rodgers' side took the north London side apart with ease.

But a determined Emmanuel Adebayor has put his frustration from that game aside, vowing that Tottenham will be back, but also taking the time out to praise one of Liverpool's main men.

The man he has chosen, though, is not one of Liverpool's younger players. Instead, to the 30-year-old, Steven Gerrard is the most worthy of praise.

“To be fair to Liverpool they played some great stuff," Adebayor told the Daily Mirror.

"I cannot say that they are unstoppable but they are one of the biggest teams in this league.

“People talk about the younger players but Steven Gerrard, with his passes and everything from midfield and the way that he sees the game, is still very important for them."

  TeamPosAccurate PassesTackles WonChances CreatedAppsMins
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 155 7 6 3 270
Dejan Lovren Liverpool DF 146 7 0 3 270
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 131 7 4 3 270
Martin Skrtel Liverpool DF 118 1 1 2 180
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 89 4 7 3 255

As Opta stats show, Adebayor's comments are not misplaced.

So far this Premier League season, the Liverpool captain has made more accurate passes than any of his team-mates.

And Gerrard has also won as many tackles as anyone else in a red shirt, while at the same time creating six chances - just one less than Raheem Sterling.

The 34-year-old will no doubt look to continue that form against Aston Villa later today.

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