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Steve Gerrard or Frank Lampard? You decide.

Graham Fisher in Editorial, English Premier League 31 Oct 2008


Sorry to bring this one up again but I didn’t start it, John Terry did!

The Chelsea skipper has said that he firmly believes that Frank Lampard is the best midfield player in England.

“Frank does it season after season. He is different class. In training he is unbelievable and he works so hard on his shooting and his running off the ball. We will do a warm-down and he will be doing laps around the field on his own. He is an inspiration to everyone in the team to really push on and give it everything in our short careers.”

Whilst there are several other contenders around the country, I would imagine that this would boil down to a straight choice between Lampard and Liverpool’s Steve Gerrard. There have been many arguments about whether they can play together, but which one is actually the better player?

It is not possible to compare players in a totally scientific way, but there are some categories where you can compare like for like. We’ll try to do that here and see if a clear winner emerges.

Despite an apparent loss of form last season, Lampard continues to be a driving force for Chelsea in the middle of the park, and scored a wonderful chip during a comfortable 3-0 win over Hull on Wednesday.

Gerrard has also had his doubters but is still the ‘main man’ at Liverpool, and when they needed someone with a cool head to take a crucial penalty on Wednesday, there was nobody else in the frame.

We can look at statistics in relation to games played, goals scored, team honours won, England caps and goals and personal awards won, particularly those selected by other players.

International Career

In relation to England caps, Gerrard has seventy and has scored fourteen goals and Lampard has sixty-six and has also scored fourteen goals. That is too close to award that section to either of them. I would say that both players have performed, on average, slightly below the level for England than we all think they could do when watching them at their clubs.

It is impossible to award this category to either man and therefore the score remains at:

Steve Gerrard 0-0 Frank Lampard

Club career

We will look at the statistics since the 2001-02 season when both players were established at their current clubs and with the national side.

Steve Gerrard has played three hundred and fifty two games in all competitions, scoring ninety goals. Frank Lampard has played three hundred and eighty three games and scored one hundred and seventeen goals.

Lampard nicks the award on games played but of course, he hasn’t been subject to Rafa Benitez’s wonderful rotation policy. In any case, he has only played an average of about four extra games per season, so I am not giving this section to him based purely on that.

The ratio of goalscoring needs to be used as well. For Gerrard the figure is one goal every 3.70 games. Lampard comes in at one goal every 3.27 games.

Based on the fact that Lampard has played slightly more games and scores slightly more often, this section goes to him.

Steve Gerrard 0-1 Frank Lampard

Team honours

Steve Gerrard has collected seven medals with Liverpool in the time period we are looking at. He has won the Champions League, two Uefa Super Cups, the FA Cup, the League Cup and two community shields.

Frank Lampard has collected six medals. Two Premier Leagues, the FA Cup, two League Cups and the Community Shield.

I’m not sure you can split them on this one. I think Stevie G would probably swap his Champions League medal for Lamps’ Premier League one, but Lamps would probably be happy to do that swap.

After this season, one of the players might take a serious lead, but at the moment it is too close to call.

Steve Gerrard 0-1 Frank Lampard

Individual honours

Both players have been recognised for their ability and they have been awarded the title of Uefa Club Player of the Year on one occasion. They have also both been selected in the FIFpro world team and the Uefa team of the year, but Gerrard has the edge on both of those statistics.

Steve Gerrard has once been voted as the players player of the year by his fellow professionals, an award that Lampard has never won. That puts Steve Gerrard in the lead and the final point to sway things in his favour is that on five occasions his fellow professionals have selected him in their Premier League team of the year. Frank Lampard has also been selected, but only on three occasions.

Great record for both, but there can only be one winner.

Steve Gerrard 1-1 Frank Lampard

There we are then. After all that I’ve got them absolutely level again. Come on, you can decide once and for all. Who is the best, Gerrard or Lampard?


Graham Fisher



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Pretty bad article – correct me if I’m wrong but you have missed out either the 2001 or 2006 FA cup with Gerrard, he’s got 2 FA Cup medals.

You’ve also missed out either the 2001 or 2003 league cup – he’s won two of them, and also missed out the Uefa cup of 2001 – i make it 10 honours in total.

pointless and fact less article

Mohammad Qaher
Mohammad Qaher
That is really difficult to say that who is best. You wrote some points. Which some of them are right and by some of them we can’t evaluate them like club achievement team honour. Because so much money spend on chealse and they bought so many good players and lampard is playing with very good players and they should win more trophies but the didn’t. and now we will focus on Liverpool club they don’t have that much good players as Chealse and they also didn’t spend that much money like chealse. But they have very good achievement. In my… Read more »
I think your conclusion is wrong. On technical ability, Gerard leads. On influence on team, drive and inspiration, Gerard leads, goals scored, lamps lead, trophies won, Gerard leads. All though for both at club level. Foreign players drive chelsea while Gerard is pivotal to liverpool and drives their machine. That is why they made two champions league finals and a semi-final in four years. It is the recognition of such monumental feats that made their peers name Gerard on five occasions, more than for lamps. Come May when liverpool win the Baclays premiership may be England will then play him… Read more »

You left out many of Gerrard’s club honors, and also scoring goals is not the only job a midfielder has. Also, Lampard has an absolute dream team around him when he won the Prem, Gerrard inspired a comeback from 3-0 down against mighty AC Milan in the CL final. You can’t leave out important stats for one player and not do the same for the other player. Also Gerrard has been at Liverpool forever, an admirable quality these days. Talent wise I’d say they are pretty even, but I give it to Gerrard because Lamps comes across as an asshole.

Devin Rodgers
Devin Rodgers

I agree with patricks last sentence


Although some facts have been left out great article Graham. Articles that stir the emotions are great to read. Steven Gerrard is the heart and soul of Liverpool and England. Steven Gerrard out of form still performs better than any other midfielder in England. Of course John Terry would support his team mate, but then again i don’t think Terry’s view count as he is also on the way out. Steven Gerrard should be the Captain of England with Rio Fredinand. Just my 2 cents…


Sorry guys before i forget, Go the Anfield Boys, this is the year of the REDS.

Nazir Alema

Captain John Terry is Lampard’s teammate therefore will say anything in favour of Lampard. As a Captain, i don’t expect him to be making this kind of comments in public to favour his teammate.
Nevertheless, the whole world knows that Gerrard is far far better than Lampard.


I think and I know Steven.G is the best

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