Report: Thierry Henry speaks out on Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard In 2014

Thierry Henry has hailed Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

Thierry Henry has admitted in an interview with The Independent newspaper he would have loved to play alongside Steven Gerrard. 

The Arsenal legend was a regular opponent of Gerrard during his Premier League years, and has departed Major League Soccer to retire, months before the Liverpool midfielder moves to join LA Galaxy.

Henry is beginning a role as a pundit, where he will feature for SkySports as an analyst alongside Gerrard's former teammate Jamie Carragher, and has kind words to say about the former England captain.

He said: “As a midfielder he was – along with Paul Scholes – unstoppable. I would have loved to have played alongside him.

"He is the dream for any striker – ask Torres, ask Suarez, ask any striker who has played alongside him. And he still does it; that through ball, either along the ground or in the air."

Henry clearly believes Gerrard still has great ability, but the Liverpool star has only one assist to his name this season.

This is despite his number of chances created per game being marginally better of average than the season before.

  TeamSeasonKey Passes per gameAssistsAppearances
Steven Gerrard Liverpool 2014-2015 2.05 1 20
Steven Gerrard Liverpool 2013-2014 2.03 13 34

The lack of striking talent at Liverpool's disposal this season has led to Gerrard's own performances seeming less effective, and led to him being dropped for big games, and subsequent decision to decide to move on.

Henry's comments are great praise, but the Frenchman was on the receiving end of a famous Gerrard pass once - latching onto an errant backpass at Euro 2004 to give France a memorable and heartbreaking 2-1 victory over England.

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