Zinedine Zidane laments not getting to play with Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard

Zinedine Zidane

The Real Madrid legend is disappointed he was unable to tempt the Liverpool captain to Spain, but has praised the iconic midfielder nonetheless.

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has lamented not being able to play with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard over the course of his career in an interview with LFCTV.

The Reds captain is set to play his last game for the club on Sunday against Stoke City, before making his way across the Atlantic to join MLS side La Galaxy.

It has been a long goodbye for Gerrard since announcing the move in January, with last Saturday an emotional occasion as he bid farewell to Anfield. There have been a number of tributes pouring in for the midfielder since, and Zidane is the latest to join the list.

"I would have really liked to have played alongside him,” he said.

“But he has always remained loyal to his own club, Liverpool, the club of his heart. That also is another characteristic that is particular to him, I don't think there are too many players who have spent their entire career playing for just one club.”

The French icon has also praised the former England captain’s ability on the pitch, saying he reminded him of himself.

There is no denying Gerrard has been one of the better players of his generation, famously leading Liverpool to that memorable comeback against AC Milan in the Champions League final and against West Ham in the FA Cup, with the Premier League the only trophy major trophy to elude him.

Zidane wasn’t focusing on trophies, though, instead focusing on what made Gerrard so different to everyone else.

"What made him different to other players was that he could light up a game with his skill and technique. That was the difference,” he added.

“And he led everyone else and pushed them on to do more and perform better. It's simply that he's one of the few players who is great on the ball, but who mixed in those fighting qualities with everything he did.”

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