Jamie Carragher believes Steven Gerrard is the best player in Liverpool’s history and one of Britain’s greatest ever midfielders.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Carragher said the achievements of Bobby Charlton kept the former Manchester United and England player ahead of Gerrard.
But in Carragher’s opinion, Gerrard could well be superior even to all-time Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish, now managing the two players at Anfield.
“We all know he’s in the upper echelons when it comes to Liverpool players, with most having him (Gerrard) either first or second behind Kenny Dalglish,” Carragher said.
“But when you look at a list of the greats to play in English football I’d say he is second only to Bobby Charlton in terms of the best midfielders there have ever been.”
“You’d put Charlton number one not only for his achievements with Manchester United, but because of the World Cup in 1966.”
“Beyond that you’d have Graeme Souness, Alan Ball, Dave Mackay, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne, Frank Lampard and Bryan Robson.”
“For me, Stevie has eclipsed all of those for what he has done for Liverpool and England.”
According to Carragher, Gerrard should also have inherited the England captaincy from John Terry ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Scott Parker.
“I was shocked and surprised by that decision,” Carragher said.
“Scott Parker is a great player and everyone respects him, but Steven Gerrard should be England captain.”
“He was captain in the World Cup, has been one of the best players for his country for 10 years and there was no debate to be had for me.”
“Whoever the England manager is, Gerrard should be captain and he should have been against Holland.”