Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard: Sometimes Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira walked all over me

As a combative midfielder Steven Gerrard often found himself in the middle of battles but none as fierce as those with Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira.

Steven Gerrard certainly finds himself in the list of the Premier League's greatest ever midfielders but where does he stand against players such as Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira and Paul Scholes?

Frank Lampard is another that deserves a shout and he too, like the former Liverpool captain, will be leaving England for the MLS this summer.

Gerrard, who although is rated among the best midfielders to grace the Premier League, leaves England after a long career without a single league medal. Keane (7), Vieira (3), Scholes (11) and Lampard (3) have 24 between them.

The former England captain has revealed that Keane and Vieira were the two midfielders he measured himself against whilst admitting sometimes both walked all over him.

Gerrard, a talisman as far as Liverpool are concerned, comes across as a proud character but opened up for Rio Ferdinand in a BT Sport interview which will be aired on Wednesday night at 10pm.

“For me, domestically, I was always striving to be in the same league as Keane and Vieira, and there’s been times when they’ve walked all over me," Gerrard told BT Sport, as reported by the Mirror.

“But there’s also been times when I’ve come off the pitch and thought, 'I’ve just mixed with two of the best midfielders in Europe, if not the world' and I had those moments and I had them times.

“But I also had those moments when I felt as if I didn’t match them.”

Not winning the Premier League as a player will always haunt Gerrard despite his glittering career.

Will the Premier League miss a combative midfielder like Steven Gerrard?

If you look back at how flat the Arsenal and Manchester United rivalry became when Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira went their separate ways, this is a no brainer. Of course he will be missed when the rivalries against Everton and United come about - even by those who sing anti-Gerrard songs from the terraces.

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