BBC pundit Gary Lineker took to social networking site Twitter to praise Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard on an excellent performance at Stamford Bridge.
The 34-year-old’s affiliation with the Reds is drawing to a close as he prepares to move to MLS side LA Galaxy at the end of the current campaign.
He’s been a wonderful player for the Reds, and in spite of his age he still remains one of his side’s key players – illustrated by his performance during the Merseysiders’ 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former England international was the visitors’ standout player as he contributed greatly at both ends of the pitch.
Aside from his first-half headed equaliser, Gerrard posted one key pass, six ball recoveries and a solid pass completion rate of 81.1%.
His contributions ended in a standing ovation from all sides of Stamford Bridge, including Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho, in appreciation not only for an excellent display on Sunday but 17 years of brilliance.
Writing on social networking site Twitter, Gary Lineker praised the Reds skipper by labelling him the epitome of everything that’s required to be a great footballer.
Hard to have anything but utter admiration for Steven Gerrard. The epitome of everything that's required to be a great footballer.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) Mayo 10, 2015
Gerrard has made more than 500 Premier League appearances throughout his career, a tally achieved by only a few players worthy of such prestige.
He has guided the club to numerous honours in his career, with the 2005 Champions League success ranking highest among his achievements.