Cape Town - After seeing his hopes of ending his career at Liverpool holding the FA Cup trophy aloft dashed by Aston Villa, Steven Gerrard will leave Anfield with his reputation as strong as ever according to Stuart Pearce.
Pearce told the Morning View on Sky Sports News HQ that Steven Gerrard will be remembered for his successful career.
Gerrard has spent 17 years playing in the red of Liverpool and has won all major club trophies - except the league title - during that time.
The England international's CV includes a famous Champions League win, a UEFA Cup triumph, two FA Cup winner's medals and three League Cup wins.
Gerrard's stock has fallen this season as age slowly catches up with the midfielder but Sky Sports pundit Pearce insists Gerrard's last - and trophyless season - at Anfield will not leave a stain on his reputation.
“I think the romantic in all of us would have liked to have seen him play in an FA Cup final and lift the trophy for Liverpool. Football is a hard-nosed profession, it’s not like that." said Pearce.
“The one thing you do know about Steven Gerrard when he finishes his time in English football, he’s been a Premier League legend, he’s been an English legend both at club and country level and he’s lifted the Champions League for his club.
“He’s done everything. He’s captained England with aplomb to be fair to him, and he’s been a complete legend.
“However he finishes this season is irrelevant, he is what he is. Steven Gerrard is a complete legend and icon of English football.”