Former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Steve Claridge has told BBC 5 live Sport that managers would have prefer Steven Gerrard to a whole host of top players 20 years ago.
Claridge believes that 20 years ago, managers would have bought the Liverpool midfielder ahead of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, Manchester United great Eric Cantona and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Ask 20 managers if there’s anyone they’d buy before Steven Gerrard - he would be bought before anybody,” the 48-year-old said on BBC 5 live Sport’s Monday Night Club show.
“Going back 20 years, ask 20 managers, majority of them would buy Gerrard over Cantona, over Henry, over Ronaldo, over anyone.”
“I’ve never seen a player drag a team up in a Champions League and win Champions league almost single handily. Incredible player.”
It is a bold remark from Claridge, and one which is certainly going to spark a debate among football fans.
Gerrard is a Liverpool legend and could even go down as the greatest player in the Merseyside club’s history.
The former England international midfielder was a force for the Reds in the naughties and remained with the club through their difficult times just a few years ago.
However, claiming that managers would have preferred him to the likes of Ronaldo and Henry is quite bold.
While Gerrard has been a world-class player for many years, Ronaldo and Henry are technically superior players.
Former United star Ronaldo is still one of the two best players on the planet, while former Barcelona striker Henry is regarded as one of the best foreigners ever to have played in the Premier League.