Jamie Carragher believes that former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard’s record speaks for itself, and argues that he is the best midfielder to have played in the Premier League.
A number of fabulous midfielders have graced England’s top flight in recent years such as Manchester United duo Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.
But how does Gerrard compare with the aforementioned greats?
The Reds skipper has on more than one occasion lead a very good Anfield side to silverware, but in some instances he has also guided a relatively mediocre team to titles.
It is his ability to perform to such levels when surrounded by ordinary players which Carragher believes is what separates his former colleague to the rest.
“He was selected for the PFA team of the year on eight occasions — a record. Giggs, Patrick Vieira and Henry were chosen by their peers six times; Roy Keane and Frank Lampard were included five times, Paul Scholes twice,” Carragher argues in his blog for the Daily Mail.
“And where does he stand with Liverpool? Kenny Dalglish, as an individual, is No 1 for what he did as a player, manager and ambassador but I regard Steven as the best player, not just for his ability but for the sacrifices he made.
“You have to remember also that Steven stayed loyal to Liverpool for five years while they were out of the Champions League, even when he was being courted by potential winners of that tournament such as Real Madrid.”
Regardless of whether greatest can be defined by titles or individual ability, either way Gerrard has a good case to be named as the Premier League’s leading star.
Since revealing his plans to leave the club at the end of the season, tributes have been coming out from around the world with former teammates Luis Suarez and Xabi Alonso among those singing his praises.