Gerrard best in Reds history?

2010-11-05 15:04

Liverpool - Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Steven Gerrard is the best player in the club's history and the most influential of the Premier League era.

Gerrard came off the bench with Liverpool trailing 1-0 to Napoli in the Europa League at half-time on Thursday and produced a man of the match performance.

The 30-year-old England midfielder scored a hat-trick in the final 15 minutes to bail out under-pressure Reds boss Roy Hodgson and Carragher insisted it was a display which carried the hallmark of a true great.

Carragher is convinced Gerrard has now risen above the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, John Barnes and Ian Rush as the greatest player ever to pull on the club's famous red shirt.

"Stevie is just an unbelievable talent, we all know that," Carragher said. "We have seen him do things like he did last night time and again during his career.

"But he keeps on producing when it matters and, to me, that makes him the best player the club has ever had and the most influential player ever in the Premier League.

"You could see the crowd responded to him when he came on in the second half and he lifted everybody's performance."

After the game, Carragher said the team owed a debt of gratitude to Gerrard, whose one-man show extended Liverpool's mini-revival to three wins and a draw in their last four matches.

"He was outstanding and we were able to get out of a tight spot," Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.

"Thankfully we were able to get the win and now we have got to make sure we can keep this run going for as long as possible."


  • shimmer - 2010-11-05 15:42

    ja hey, they'll never walk alone cause they have Steven Gerrard playing his heart in every single game. Team work? it's non existant for Liverpool cause Gerrard is the team- and Torres is his b$tch

  • TRUE Red - 2010-11-05 15:46

    In MY lifetime, yes - I grew up watching King Kenny, Barnesy, Rush, etc dominate the league & Europe, but they were a great TEAM - Stevie has got us out of k@k on countless occassions, all by himself !

  • Enver Kallee - 2010-11-05 15:52

    Stevie G for president, he really is Captain Fantastic!

  • Shame - 2010-11-05 15:55

    No wonder Liverpool are a shadow of their former glories. If a show pony like Gerrard is their best, 4th place would be over achieving

  • Kevin - 2010-11-05 16:31

    Please up date your picture of the most influencial player in english football today as our sponsors are Standard Charted

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-11-05 20:59

    Hail the saviour of The Reds battered reputation - FFS will the rest of the highly paid LFC players pull their fingers from their butts - and show pride in wearing a Liverpool jersey. Thanks Stevie G for being a TRUE Liverpool man - right him off at your own peril !!!! Rooney can only dream about walking in your shadow (showed at the World Cup, didn't it ???? )

  • Red Manc - 2010-11-05 22:06

    Steven Gerrard is a wonderfully gifted footballer and he might just be Liverpool's greatest ever player but the most influential player ever in the Premier League, he is not! That honor goes to Roy Keane. After all, he's got the trophies to prove it. What does Gerrard have to show for all his influence?

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-11-06 07:03

    @ Red Manc. - Only thing that stopped Stevie G. from emulating your so called great Roy Keane - is BAD MANAGEMENT at LFC during Gerrard's career - otherwise he would have been streets ahead. Granted silverware won is what marks a top player - however football is a team game and a great team (and manager) make for great players - SG in my books is without a doubt LFC and EPL best player - purely on his ability, skills, guts and never say die attitude ! Do you think the likes of Rooney, Lampard etc would have what it takes to raise themselves from the ashes of club disaster and produce week after week like Gerrard does - I doubt it !! The only other player that comes close to the COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL in football at the moment is Ryan Giggs - so lets enjoy what they have brought to the game ! Their likes may not be seen again for a long time !!!!

  • Red Manc - 2010-11-06 11:04

    @ Never Walk Alone...thank you for at least admitting that Steven Gerrard does not come close to emulating Roy Keane. Also remember when making and argument or debating not to use speculation to enhance your case. Stick to the facts. Terms like: "Only thing is..." is not fact it's speculation. I reiterate that Stevie G is a wonderfully talented player but he is NOT the most influential player ever in the EPL. Oh and before I forget. Do yourself a favour by reading Gerrard's autobiography. In there he admits that the player he always admired and aspired to be like is Roy Keane, former captain of Liverpool's greatest rivals Manchester United. Enough said!

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-11-06 21:53

    @Red Manc. I wonder how great Keane would have been - if he played under the same restraints (or for another club) that Gerrard had to endure at Liverpool. I very much doubt if the "great" Roy Keane would have stuck it out at a club - that could not guarantee him glory - which in the bigger picture of things - definitely makes Gerrard the better player - under more difficult circumstances - so f^$#k you and your pompous remarks re facts or speculation ! MU have yet to emulate LFC league and CL wins - enough said !

  • @Never Walk Alone - This is Red Manc 2 - 2010-11-09 15:39

    Gerrard only looks good because of the below par team around him. Put him in a decent team like Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid or Man Utd and he'll just be an average joe.

  • dymerr - 2010-11-09 22:11

    gerrard is a true great but i think roy keane was better because he stood out in a team of greats and a team of nobs like rep of ireland.

  • dymerr - 2010-11-09 22:13

    gerrard is a true great but i think roy keane was better because he stood out in a team of greats and a team of nobs like rep of ireland.

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