Arsenal legend Ian Wright has written in The Sun that Liverpool fans should show more respect to Steven Gerrard.
The former England international believes that the criticism that Gerrard received after Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final encounter against Aston Villa were undeserved.
The Liverpool midfielder is having a disappointing season by his own standards and is set to end his final year at the Merseyside outfit without any trophy.
Gerrard will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season for Major League Soccer outfit Los Angeles Galaxy.
The 34-year-old struggled to impose himself on the game against Villa at London’s Wembley Stadium, but Wright insists that his failure to win loads of trophies should not tarnish his image as one of the greatest players of all time.
“Some insist that he doesn’t deserve to be mentioned as one of the greatest players of his generation, because he doesn’t have a cabinet full of winners’ medals,” the former England international wrote in The Sun.
“They reckon you need at least a couple of titles in there before you can genuinely be called a legend. I reckon that argument is absolute rubbish.
“The mere fact Gerrard does have every right to be called one of the Premier League greats carries even more weight because of that.”
Gerrard has never won the Premier League title and he never will, but he is a true legend because of what he has done for Liverpool his entire career.
Could the Reds have won the Champions League without him in 2005 or reached the final in 2007?
Over the years at Anfield, Gerrard has been the most outstanding player, often carrying the team on his own.