Quotes on: Steven Gerrard

The greatest player of his generation? Perhaps. The most complete? Almost definitely. The most sought after? Without a doubt.

After 17 years of impeccable service and unwavering devotion to his beloved Kop, Steven Gerrard shall soon begin his swansong in the United States, but make no mistake about Gerrard’s eternal status as a one-man club, a player who rejected innumerable chances to be part of collective glories at storied clubs. All the promises of Premier League and Champions League glory at Chelsea and Manchester United, and of the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, and Roberto Carlos could not convince Steven Gerrard to leave his boyhood club, where he would go on to carve a legacy unparalleled by any in the history of the club. Not unlike Paolo Maldini of AC Milan and Don Alfredo di Stefano of Real Madrid, Gerrard’s identity will forever be inextricably linked to that of Liverpool Football Club.

There is no doubt that Gerrard belonged in this team, and would have improved even the star-studded original Galacticos.
There is no doubt that Gerrard belonged in this team, and would have improved even the star-studded original Galacticos.

For some inexplicable reason, Gerrard’s undeniable decline over the last 12 months — an almost inevitable deterioration from his glorious zenith during the early years under Rafa Benitez, given the physically demanding gung-ho style that he adopted — has tarnished his reputation among fans, with the mishaps of his career — the slips, back-passes, own goals, and missed penalties — being used to question the legitimacy of his place among the game’s elite. However, it seems foolhardy to ignore the innumerable moments when Gerrard rescued Liverpool and the England national side from the brink of embarrassment with his Roy of the Rover performances, carrying lesser teams across the touchline and reaching seemingly unscalable heights using the sheer force of will-power and determination that endeared him to fans around the world. Football is, above all else, a sport defined by moments that stand out, moments where ordinary games are brought to life by extraordinary feats. Of his generation, a glorious one for the presence of legends like Ronaldo, Figo, and Henry, Steven Gerrard was arguably the player most capable, and most responsible, for these immortal feats. At his best, he was a force of nature unlike anything else.

Let fans blinded by club rivalries say what they want to about Gerrard’s legacy, he has possibly been his generation’s most admired and respected player, bar the imperious Zidane, within the football community. Given that stalwarts from Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and other great clubs that had once lined up to acquire the Liverpudlian’s services have all been effusive in their praise and admiration for the great man, you almost think he actually played for said clubs, and alongside said players. Such is the level of respect directed his way.

And so, to put to bed once and for all any doubts over the enduring power of Steven Gerrard’s astonishing legacy, let’s take a look at the largest collection of quotes on him available on the internet. When the likes of Maldini, Ronaldinho, Kaka, and Totti have lavished praise on him, there really should be no argument.

His team-mates

“Put it this way, if Liverpool were playing in a major final now, Steven would be one of the first names I’d put down on the teamsheet.” — Jamie Carragher

“He’s one of those rare players who can turn a good team into European champions.” — Jamie Carragher

“Steven Gerrard has shone under more trying circumstances (than Kenny Dalglish). He’s elevated dreadful seasons with a series of individual performances the likes of which I’ve never seen in the modern game. [ . . . ] The list of season-defining games where his contribution is the most significant is in double figures. Most players can pick out one or two in a lifetime, but it’s virtually one a season with Stevie.” — Jamie Carragher, on Gerrard deserving to be considered Liverpool’s greatest ever player alongside Kenny Dalglish

“Before Istanbul he was world class. Afterwards, I considered him in the top four or five players in the world.” — Jamie Carragher

“Homegrown players of Gerrard’s class come around once every thirty years at any one club.” — Jamie Carragher

“I have played alongside some of the greatest footballers of my generation, but there is only one ex-team-mate I would rate higher than Steven Gerrard. The biggest compliment I can give him is he is second only to Zinedine Zidane in terms of his world-class status.” — Michael Owen

“I don’t think England has seen many better players over the years. He had absolutely everything: size, power, pace, strength, could score, could tackle, could pass. He was just the total all-round  midfield player.” — Michael Owen

“The ultimate modern-day player. Has a big engine and strength plus great size and long legs – he’s one of the best at intercepting passes and reading the game. And when he has the ball, he is equally fantastic. One of the best passers, a great shot, quick and can beat players. You could play him in any position and he’d get in most teams.” — Michael Owen

“There are some who argue Gerrard cannot be rated so highly because he does not have the medal haul to compare with, say, the Manchester United players. It is preposterous to judge a player’s ability based on his trophy collection. There are dozens of players who have several Premier League winners’ medals who are not fit to lace Gerrard’s boots.” — Michael Owen

“I’m spoilt having a team-mate like Gerrard as I can count on him supplying me with perfect passes. You make the run into the space and however tightly marked he is, he finds a way to get the ball through in perfect condition. The highest compliment I can pay him is that he’s as creative as a Xavi at Barcelona, with something extra as well. When you add his energy, toughness, leadership and goal scoring ability and the result is a fantastic all-round player.” — Fernando Torres

“He is without doubt the greatest player I have ever played with, he has everything. At Liverpool, he is irreplaceable. Every big club has a standard bearer, a home-grown talent, someone with a lifelong commitment to the cause. People come and go but he’s always there. It’s him and 10 others. He’s everything to the side. That’s Steven Gerrard at Liverpool. I can’t even begin to imagine the place without him.” — Fernando Torres

Irreplaceable.
Irreplaceable.

“There are a small number of players in the world that are irreplaceable, and Steven is one of them. Not just irreplaceable as a player, but also as a captain, and what he represents for Liverpool.” Luis Suarez

“I think for a striker he’s a dream to play with because you’re always going to get chances, you’re always going to score and the players that have been here have reaped the rewards of playing with him as well. If you look at Michael Owen and [Fernando] Torres, [Luis] Suarez – all their careers have elevated from playing with Stevie [ . . . ]  If you ask a lot of players around the world who they would’ve liked to have played with, a lot of them would say Stevie because of the pinpoint passing accuracy he has, as well as getting stuck in and spraying balls 40 yards[ . . . ] He’s a great player, one of the legends. I think he’s the best that Liverpool have ever had, in my opinion.” — Daniel Sturridge

“I’d probably say a lot of players think he’s the best they’ve ever played against and the best they’ve played with, and there’s always a fear factor around him regardless what position he’s playing, regardless of how many minutes he’s played. He’s got an aura around him, he’s got that thing not everyone has. Not everyone has a fear factor but he’s got a fear factor and he’s still got it to this day because of all he’s achieved and what he still does now as well.” — Daniel Sturridge 

“Best player I’ve played with without a doubt. I’m really privileged to have played with him because Stevie will go down as the greatest of all time. He’s an amazing person also and for me he was the perfect captain.” — John Arne Riise

“He was an outstanding player, and he still is. He was a driving force for us. A lot of our play was driven through him and he delivered year on year. All you had to do was make a run and players like that would see it and give you the pass.” — Emile Heskey

“I was lucky to play with a few of the best players in the world, but for me the best was Stevie G. I had a great experience playing with him for three years at a great club like Liverpool. I think he’s an example for every player. As a person, he was one of the best I shared a dressing room with.” — Yossi Benayoun (from the Daily Mail)

“In my opinion, Stevie’s probably been the greatest Liverpool player to put on the red shirt. I always get asked about stories about Stevie G, but one of the things that springs to my mind is a time when we were chasing a Champions League spot — Stevie was about 18 at the time — and we were playing Arsenal at home. They were flying at the time, they had the likes of Vieira, Petit, Bergkamp, Henry, Tony Adams was still playing at that time. [ . . . ] It was one of Stevie’s earliest games, and he looked very nervous to me; he was sweating, and he looked like he was over-excited, he couldn’t wait to get out there. I asked him, ‘Are you OK, Steve?’ and he said ‘Yeah I’m OK. I’m going to smash these today. I’m going to smash these today.’, and he meant it. For a young lad who’s probably not even shaving at the time to say that he was going out to destroy Vieira and destroy Petit.. When he went out there, it was probably one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from an 18-year-old kid in my life. His passing was immense, his tackling was incredible. He controlled the game totally, he set up a couple of goals. That just proved to me he was going to go on to be world-class.” — David Thompson, former Liverpool team-mate (from the Daily Mail)

“I’d have to say Stevie [was the best]. For me he’s an incredible player, an incredible leader. He helped me a lot during my early days with England.” Wayne Rooney (about the best player he has played with for England)

“Incredible passing ability and energy levels, and the way he dictates the game is truly special. In Steven [ . . . ] you have (one of) the two best central midfielders in the Premier League.” — Robbie Keane

“What we had heard, or I had heard, was he’s a pro’s pro. A great, quality individual and I’ve seen nothing short of that. Obviously everyone will talk about him being a great addition on the field. I think he’s been a fantastic addition in the locker room, which is exciting. I think if you can add a person of his character and quality to this mix it certainly raises our level on all accounts.” — Dan Gargan

“It was one of his first sessions with the seniors, and it said everything about him. I gave him a pass early on that he hit 50 yards to someone on the left flank, then, a couple of minutes later, he steamed into a 50-50 with Paul Ince and smashed him up in the air. A few of us looked at each other and just thought: “What have we got here, then?”” — Jamie Redknapp, on Gerrard’s early day in the Liverpool senior team

“Everybody has their favourite midfield player. Some say Paul Scholes, some Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira or Frank Lampard. But the reason I always say Stevie, having played with him and against him, is because he encapsulated what they all do well rolled into one. He’s got a little bit of everything. He can score goals like Lampard, tackle like Keane… My dad summed it up perfectly when he first saw him play. He said: “He’s like Roy of the Rovers, that kid.” That’s what Stevie is and that’s why they love him at Liverpool.” — Jamie Redknapp

“He was just born to play football.” — Jamie Redknapp

“I think he’s achieved everything everybody expected of him because he’s an incredible footballer, and also in this day and age he’s a humble and good human being. [ . . . ] I think he’s kept his head down and done everything right.” — Jamie Redknapp

“The ferocity and endeavour Stevie showed was the first thing that struck me about life at Liverpool. It was just short training games we played, but you would have thought his life depended on it, the way he went at it.” — Gary McAllister

“One of the first times that I can remember Stevie, when he came up to the first team, he was one of those players, along with the likes of Michael Owen (and Wayne Rooney) who you just knew was going to be a star from the get-go. [ . . . ] Everybody at the club knew that, no matter what position you were going to play him in, he was going to turn into one of the world’s best. [ . . . ] His career speaks for itself.I can’t speak highly enough of the player and the person.” — Brad Friedel (from the Daily Mail)

“I played (with him) early on in his career in the first team, and he was always going to be a superstar.” — Steve McManaman

“You didn’t have to be a manager to nurture him, to bring him into the team, (anyone) could have brought him into the team, because you knew he was that good, there was nothing to stop him.” — Steve McManaman

“I’d have to say Steven Gerrard has been my biggest influence in my career so far.” — Jordan Henderson

“Let’s face it, you can never replace a player like Steven Gerrard because he’s probably the best player this country has ever seen – so yes, he’s irreplaceable.” — Jordan Henderson

“Because he is a good guy, a fantastic person, we felt the same way as the fans. He was our leader, the captain. So many times he stepped in front of the team and took responsibility.” — Lucas Leiva

“Of course he can also get forward as well, but he has all the qualities to defend. He has everything that a central midfielder needs to be a top player: he can shoot, he can pass, he can tackle, he can defend, he can run, he’s strong. He’s basically the complete player.” — Sami Hyypia

“I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo. Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything. It’s going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future.” — Mario Balotelli

“He’s the greatest captain the club have ever had — it’s as simple as that.” — Emre Can

“He’ll absolutely be remembered as one of the greats; for me, he is already one of them. There are so many things [that are good about Steven Gerrard]. He is so inspirational. In the key moments he has that difference – a spark that is difficult to define.” — Xabi Alonso

“[ . . . ] When Stevie was on your side you knew that he could have those magic moments that we enjoyed. [ . . . ] For me, he’s been one of the players that I most enjoyed playing alongside.” — Xabi Alonso

“It is not easy for me to pick one special moment from Stevie, I would have to leave out many of them. But maybe on the way to Istanbul we lived the special night against Olympiacos; without that goal, we couldn’t have lifted the Miracle of Istanbul, so that was pretty special. The year after we lifted the FA Cup final: another similar but unbelievable strike from Stevie from 30 yards. Those are my special moments and that’s why he was one of my heroes.” — Xabi Alonso (from the Daily Mail)

His opponents & other players

“In my opinion he’s in the top three midfielders in the world, maybe the best right now. I heard what Alex Ferguson said about him being better than me. He’s probably right. Gerrard is England’s best player and he single-handedly got Liverpool into the Champions League. He is the complete player. He can score, he has a great final ball, he can tackle and he drives his team forward. He is a winner on the pitch, which is why I really admire him.” Patrick Vieira (2004)

“To me he is one of the super best midfielders in the world. He is an excellent player.” — Pele

“What I have always liked of Steven is that on the pitch he was very quiet, but was capable of inspiring all his teammates with great strength, not so much with words. [ . . . ] The real example – and that is what I’ve learned from players like Steven and Franco Baresi – is to do rather than talk. And he was indeed one who did a lot and since he also had great talent, he was easy to follow. His story is one of those stories to be told, one of those fairytales [ . . . ] to be narrated to your children and grandchildren.” Paolo Maldini

“I think Steven has been and is an absolutely complete player, because he had personality, technique, he could set the play and also defend, and he could score goals – penalty-kicks, free-kicks. So really a modern, complete player.” — Paolo Maldini

“He’s a player that I really thought a lot of, I had a lot of time for him and rated him. I can’t say that about everyone. Why did I like him so much? Perhaps there was something about him that reminded me a little bit of myself. He made a lot of noise out there on the field but was quiet off it, meaning that he was someone down to earth and grounded away from the game who just said what needed to be said. He preferred to do his talking on the field, using his voice, his combative spirit and above all his ability on the ball that could make the difference in a game.” Zinedine Zidane

“Is he the best in the world? He might not get the attention of Messi and Ronaldo but yes, I think he just might be.” — Zinedine Zidane (between 2009 and 2011)

“I would have really liked to have played alongside him. 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. That is a great strength of his too.” — Zinedine Zidane

“He has great passing ability, can tackle and scores goals, but most importantly he gives the players around him confidence and belief. You can’t learn that – players like him are just born with that presence.” — Zinedine Zidane

“There was a point when Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. It is unusual to get complete midfield players who can do everything, but that is what he was.” — Zinedine Zidane

“I’d put him in the top three, not just in England but in the world because he’s a complete player, someone who’s always made the difference ever since he was young. And he’s still doing that for Liverpool. I think people all over the world know that Gerrard has been a Liverpool legend. He’s spent many years playing for one team and has always fought for that club. He should be respected and thanked for everything he’s achieved. Would I have liked to play alongside him? I think anyone would love to play with players of that calibre. He’s a terrific player; he’s a match winner, so I think he’s a player any club in the world would want.” Francesco Totti

“Steven Gerrard would be the captain of my World XI dream team.” — Francesco Totti

A born captain, Gerrard towered over everyone else, and led by example, deciding games on his own throughout a career characterized by total devotion to the badge and the armband. One of the giants of the game.
A born captain, Gerrard towered over everyone else, and led by example, deciding games on his own throughout a career characterized by total devotion to the badge and the armband. One of the giants of the game.

“Gerrard is a complete player because he can play in every position and can do everything with a football at any time in a game. He’s a player who scores goals, who builds the play, he’s a sensational player.” — Francesco Totti

“One of my toughest but most sporting opponents. An example on and off the pitch.” — Alessandro Nesta

“What a fantastic player he has been for Liverpool and England, and he’s a fantastic bloke. He’s a family man, I’ve always known him as a good lad and a great player.” — Frank Lampard

“I think over the period of my career, playing against Stevie, you knew when he was on top of his game he was a force.” — Frank Lampard

“He had everything. If you got him on his day, you can almost forget about it because he was so powerful as player. Particularly, when you used to go up to Anfield, you knew if Stevie was on his game in the first three minutes because he would crash through someone. He has everything, other than the aggressive side, he had top ability. He was a great all round midfield player.” — Frank Lampard

“To play with him was a pleasure. If anything, for England, there may have been times where we could have played better. I always remember playing against him at Anfield and he was a moster. A complete midfield player. He had pace, he could makle tackles, his passing range is top, top-end. He was the stand out player for them.” — Frank Lampard

“He’s definitely one of the best. Such a strong powerful player. He could get from box-to-box, score great goals, match-winning goals and carried his team for quite a while when he could’ve moved and possibly gone on to win the league.” — Paul Scholes

“In terms of an influence on one club, you’d probably say Gerrard has been the best in the Premier League.” — Phil Neville

“Put him alongside Roy Keane, probably even ahead of Frank, put him alongside Paul Scholes or a Michael Carrick and you think United probably would have won more European Cups. If you talk about Liverpool players over the years – and they have had some greats – I have never once thought I’d like to put him in a Manchester United shirt. [But] Gerrard was one – put him in a United midfield next to Scholes or Keane and wow, utopia.” — Phil Neville

“When I first came into the England squad he was at his absolute peak. He could do absolutely everything, (play with) both feet, up and down the field, win the ball, score goals, an amazing player, and one of the best all-round players I’ve seen.” — James Milner

“When Zidane retired, for two years I thought Steven Gerrard was the best player in world football. His drive, his energy, he could play long passes, short passes.” — Charlie Nicholas

“He’s been a reference to all his team-mates throughout the years and is now in history for such a brilliant career at his club for all his life.” — Iker Casillas

“It was a pleasure to play against Steven Gerrard.” Cristiano Ronaldo

“I can’t think of a striker anywhere in the word, let alone a midfielder, who has scored so many important goals. How many times has he done it in the dying seconds? It is incredible. I really would have loved to have played with him.” Thierry Henry

“It was a disgrace he didn’t win European Footballer of the Year after Istanbul in 2005 and, for me, he will be regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time when he finishes.” — Thierry Henry

“He, for me, is Liverpool.” — Thierry Henry

“One of the best players I have seen in my life, not only in the Premier League but in the world. The way he could decide a game at any time, and change the course of a game with his abilities, it was just breathtaking at times.” — Thierry Henry

The defining moment in a glorious career. Born to wear the red shirt of Liverpool, Gerrard symbolized the club the way no one else had before him.
The defining moment in a glorious career. Born to wear the red shirt of Liverpool, Gerrard symbolized the club the way no one else had before him.

“Gerrard is the heartbeat of the Liverpool team and he’s from Liverpool. Imagine being captain of your hometown team! Liverpool were very difficult to play against with Gerrard because he covers so much space.” — Samuel Eto’o

“I think Steven Gerrard is a fantastic player. He has been loyal to his club, he has won some big trophies with the club. He feels more an international player rather than a normal English player. English players have big hearts, always fighting, very aggressive, but Gerrard, for me, feels more international. He has more skills than the normal player. Every time we play against Steven, the coach always says to be careful with that player because he is the player who makes the difference.” — Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“A wonderful player. I can hardly think of another player who can deliver a shot with such perfection and beauty. Such a versatile performer: good at winning the ball from opponents, always trying to create something for team-mates, and lethal when he shoots on goal.” Marcel Desailly

“In my own position, I was crazy about [Steven] Gerrard.  I remember in the Champions League final comeback by Liverpool against AC Milan, you saw him up front, on the wings, and a moment later he was back, marking the playmaker. I have never seen such a complete midfielder.” — Claudio Marchisio

“Steven is a team player, a leader in every sense with his goals, performances and selfless work for the team.” — John Barnes

“[ . . . ] a complete package. He can do everything: shoot, pick a pass, turn a game, tackle, read the play.” — John Barnes

“I would pay to watch Steven Gerrard.” — Cesc Fabregas

“One of the greatest midfield players in today’s game. An all-rounder, a player who can do everything: pass, tackle, shoot, dribble, run. I also appreciate his humility. For me, that’s a sign of greatness. Inspirational.” — Emmanuel Petit

“I really love [ . . . ] Steven Gerrard. He is someone I have a real soft spot for. [ . . . ] He has everything. [ . . . ] I love the way he plays. He’s an inspirational leader, he scores goals, he plays great passes, he runs powerfully, he tackles… everything. Stevie is just brilliant – the complete player.” — David Villa

“A world-class midfielder, Gerrard loves to lead by example and is famous for his never-say-die attitude. He loves to run at and beat defenders, and is blessed with a powerful and precise shot.” — Andriy Shevchenko

“An excellent player, in my opinion, he is a modern player because he is a player who runs, marks, knows how to pass, cross, score goals and he is a leader on the field for Liverpool. So he is a player that I would like to have in my team.” — Kaka

“I am a huge fan of Stevie Gerrard, He has the heart of a lion and is the icon of the modern footballer with his ability to attack and defend so well.” — Kaka

“For me, and I have always said this, he will be regarded as one of the greatest midfielders ever when he finishes his career. No doubt.” — Kaka

“He’s one of the most influential players on the pitch that I’ve ever seen. He can change a game in an instant.” — Tim Cahill

“For me, in the position he plays, he is one of the very best in the world. For the job he performs, for me he is one of the greatest.” Ronaldinho

“While at Milan he (Ancelotti) came to me and said “I want to sign Steven Gerrard to play next to you in midfield – what do you think?” Without any hesitation I told him “do it – go and sign him”. At this stage he was probably the most complete midfield player in Europe, of course I wanted to partner him. I remember asking Carlo a few weeks later how it was going, and he told me Gerrard had given a very firm no, that his bond with Liverpool was unbreakable. At the time Milan were the champions of Europe and probably had the best team in the world – it says a lot about Gerrard’s loyalty.” — Andrea Pirlo

Anfields favourite son and greatest player.
Anfield’s favourite son and greatest player.

“He is an excellent passer of the ball, possesses an intelligent football brain, and has great vision.” — Andrea Pirlo

“Steven Gerrard was awesome today. We were just laughing in the dressing room that at one stage we thought he was heading his own crosses in.” — Gareth Southgate, on a Premier League match between Liverpool and Middlesbrough in 2005

“He is a one off, he is the best player in Liverpool history in my opinion.” — John Aldridge

“Gerrard has been my idol for 10 years and is one of the best players in the world. He is the example of what all midfield players aspire to. He is always there in the heat of the battle, leading by example. He is everywhere you look – in defence, in the middle of the pitch and in attack. I would love to be close to that level.” — Daniele De Rossi

“When I played at Everton, Everton fans hate Liverpool players and Liverpool fans, but Steven Gerrard is the one player everybody had respect for on both sides. Everybody in the Premier League has so much respect for him.” — Landon Donovan

“He deserves a great deal of credit for the fact that he decided to stay there, his hometown club, because unlike me — I played in some truly great Liverpool teams with some great players — and I don’t think Steven’s had that luck.” — Graeme Souness, about Gerrard deciding to stay at Liverpool in 2005 despite interest from, among others, Chelsea

“I was fortunate enough to have played in some of the great Liverpool teams, teams that dominated Europe and won everything, but I can honestly say that Steven Gerrard would have gotten into any of those teams.” — Graeme Souness

Managers

“If you were looking for the player you would replace Keane with, it would be Gerrard, without question. He has become the most influential player in England, bar none. More than Vieira. Not that Vieira lacks anything, but I think that Gerrard does more for his team than Vieira does, and has way more to his game. I’ve watched him quite a lot. To me, Gerrard is Keane. Everywhere the ball is, he seems to be there. He’s got that unbelievable engine, desire, determination. Anyone would love to have Gerrard in their team.” Sir Alex Ferguson (2004)

“He was a massive part of Liverpool winning the Champions League because he was a leader by example.” — Rafa Benitez

“They played with Serginho at the end, so I had to move Gerrard to the right side, and I remember two or three tackles close to our byline. So he was playing as a midfielder, as a second striker, as a right winger, and at the end he was playing as a right full-back, and in every single position he was doing well.” — Rafa Benitez, speaking about Gerrard’s performance in the final of the 2004-5 Champions League

“He is, in my opinion, the best midfielder in the world, and has a track record for delivering on the big occasions.” — Graham Taylor

Mourinho joined the Stamford Bridge crowd in applauding Gerrard off the pitch in May, and could have been united with the player at three clubs, had the fates been kinder.
Mourinho joined the Stamford Bridge crowd in applauding Gerrard off the pitch in May, and could have been united with the player at three clubs, had the fates been kinder.

“Gerrard is an historical player for Liverpool, an historical player for the Premier League, an opponent I always admired and respect.” — Jose Mourinho

“It is with opponents like him that I am the manager I am, because I learn with my players, and I learn with my best opponents [ . . . ] and the problems they give me, the way they make me think and analyze them and study the best way to play against them. Steven Gerrard is for sure one of my favourite enemies – an enemy with all the good feeling I can express with that word in football. For sure, in England he is my dear enemy. For sure, he is the one that made me a better manager. To stop him or try and stop him has been very, very difficult.” — Jose Mourinho

“I tried to bring him to Chelsea, I tried to bring him to Inter, I tried to bring him to Real Madrid but he was always a dear enemy. I was dreaming of having Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield.” — Jose Mourinho

“He is undoubtedly one of the best midfield players in the world.” — Carlo Ancelotti

“He’s one of the players I would have loved to coach. Of course, I wanted to pair him up with Pirlo at Milan – it was a fantastic combination. Putting Gerrard in midfield with Pirlo. It would have been fantastic.” — Carlo Ancelotti

“I can quite simply say that he’s the best player I have worked with in terms of football mentality.” — Brendan Rodgers

“There are not many players who can do what he can – be one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe and then switch to be up there as arguably the best controlling player. You look at the holding players in European football, players with top teams and top clubs, and I wouldn’t swap him for any of them because of what he can give the club. He’s a playmaker, unique. His intelligence and reading of the game allows him to orchestrate the game with those playmaking skills from that position. But he can also defend, tackle. And what he probably doesn’t get enough credit for as well is his reading of the game situations.” — Brendan Rodgers

“The word I would describe him as is ‘Liverpool’. He’s very much about looking after his people. He loves his city. He’s had numerous opportunities to leave here for prestigious clubs. But Liverpool’s his home. What he’s given to this city, politicians, hospitals and local charities haven’t given to this city.” — Brendan Rodgers

“He dons his Superman cape, comes on and changes the whole dynamic of the game. That is what great players do and this is one of the modern greats of the game.” — Brendan Rodgers

“An all-round midfielder who can do anything and everything.” — Sven-Goran Eriksson

“I love Gerrard’s qualities as a player and a leader. Technically and tactically he is the best. His passion is enormous, he means as much for a great team as George Best. He is a player who fans can identify themselves with and a man who carries the love for his club on his club badge. There is not another player in the world who combines all those qualities.” — Guus Hiddink

“A Roy of the Rovers character. It’s surprising to me how often people have used this tag as a criticism of Steven Gerrard and his all-action playing style. He wants to be everywhere…he deserts his position…he can’t play in the middle because he’ll leave a gap. What nonsense. Roy Race was a comic book hero and Steven Gerrard is a real-life one.” — Harry Redknapp

“For me he was an absolutely fantastic player. He has remained loyal to his club for his whole career and we don’t see that a lot, especially that kind of quality of player.” — Arsene Wenger

“He’s a fantastic statesman; he has been unbelievably successful at this football club with what he’s done, the amount of games he has pulled out of the mire, and the general way he conducts himself. [ . . . ] What he does on the pitch is a shining example to everybody else round about him.” — Kenny Dalglish

“He is a natural born leader, a very inspirational leader. He is somebody you want to follow.” — Gerard Houllier

“Stevie is Liverpool.” — Gerard Houllier

“In 2001, he took part in every single final and every important game. A top player always delivers in top games, and Stevie would never disappoint you in top games.” — Gerard Houllier

“Stevie, if I had to sum him up in one word, it would ‘class’. Just class.” — Gerard Houllier

The strongest shoulders bear the heaviest burden. But they never tire, never give in. They push forward along the path they deem worthy, and carve their own in the earth when faced with hurdles too tough for others to face. Steven Gerrard will be immortalized for his contributions to the game.
The strongest shoulders bear the heaviest burden. But they never tire, never give in. They push forward along the path they deem worthy, and carve their own in the earth when faced with hurdles too tough for others to face. Steven Gerrard will be immortalized for his contributions to the game.
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15 thoughts on “Quotes on: Steven Gerrard

  1. When all these greats have spoken so voluminously whats the use of speaking something about the man’s game or character. I will just say this, Liverpool Football Club is so intricately stitched into every fabric of Steven Gerrard that it is impossible to distinguish one from the other.
    The Embodiment of the Kop’s Spirit, the Kop’s Passion.

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