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Steve Gerrard or Frank Lampard? You decide.

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?

Fri 31 October, 2008
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119 Comments:

  1. mary says:

    this is ridiculous. In which insane world is gerrard better than fabulous frank? Not this one. Gerrard is a cheat- he dives wherever possible and shouldn’t play 4 our country. Frank lampard is an outstanding player and his goals illustrate that. All these stevie g fans just seem to have nothing better to do than argue on message boards! (an as for the STUPID arguement over England captain we all know Ferdinand an gerrard don’t even come close to JT)

  2. Yasmin says:

    Steven Gerrard is a world class player he is way better then Frank.
    Gerrard is versatile he is the heart of the england & Liverpool midfield
    you cant compare lampard to Gerrard hes better thank lamps in every possible way
    lamps is not a bad player hes great but not compared to gerrard hes the best in England

  3. Izehi olenloa says:

    Why is everyone still debating over this virtual fact?don’t you understand?gerrard is the midfield don.who is lampard?

  4. Josh says:

    Lampard id the best midfielder in the world the way he is playing.
    Gerrard was better when he was younger because he wanted it more back then now he seems to not care as much. LAMPARD= BEST

  5. i belive that steve gerrad is far better than frank lampard due to the following reason, steve gerrad is one of the best player in liverpool and also he score fantastics goal to that of lampard beside in country side gerrard is also one of there best player they ever have at the same time he is the captain of england, he is the one who normally lead them to country laeuge, and againt it shot alone is more than lampard shot. for me i belive and i agreed that steve gerrad is more better than frank lampard.

  6. BRyan says:

    I am quite sure that 70% of the ppl here supported liverpool that supportted gerrard . you can talk about goals per match and lampard beats gerrard in club or country both. They both score amazing goals . i dunno but it think all gerrad amazing goals were 2 to 4 years back the only nice one i seen is his free kick that hit top right corner last year . lampard has been scoring many amazing goals like that chip at hull his goal at barca his goal at bayern and it think he scored a much better free kick that gerrard in his whole career vs Ipswich town this season . And all you liverpool fans talk about gerrards leadership , heart and his spirit . i cant prove that lampard has better leadership cause he is only vice captain but he has always back chelsea and has a great spirit . He stays back after training sessions for an hour to practice his free kicks shooting at watever . Eventhough he beats gerrard at goals you all know goals aren’t the most important things its when and at what situation you score it . both of them always score last gasp goals lapard scored 3 goals this season on the 90th minute . And i am sure lamapard assist about the same amount of goals as gerrard its just that non chelsea fans wont watch every single game they play so they just think he dosent . and maybe gerrard has a more powerfull shot but lampard has the technique . his freekick goal at ipswich town was the same technique use by ronaldo in free kicks it takes alot of practice and he blast it to the goal from 30m . i dont know whether this wll even slightly change anyones view on the both of them cause liverpool fans will stay loyal to their heroes and so will chelsea fans . Anyway they are both great players i think best in centre midfield they oth have the STYLE. Good Luck liverpool and chelsea fans

  7. yosry says:

    Gerrard is better than lamperd in every thing.Gerrard is a very good shooter
    ,very nice goals,liver pool is better than chelsea.all my class is a fans for liver pool.lamperd is good too,but not like garrard.gerrard is the best midfielder in the world. i think that liver pool will win the champion league because of Gerrard.Gerrard is the best shooter after reperto carlos.Gerrard is the best forever. Steven Gerrard is better player in the world without any word.gerrad is the best.Steven Gerrard is the winner of the challenge.

  8. lamps says:

    there is no question about it frank lampard 20 goals a season against gerrards 10 is alot better lamps is the man and if your a manager a midfielder who can get you 20 goals a season is first on the team sheet every time sorry gerrard lad but u aint no super frank super goals!!!!!! any danger of gerrard lifting the premier league trophy any time soon

  9. Deji Olaniun says:

    @ bryan & lamps. in comparing the two we are not just talking about goals cos thats what you guys are hammering on. Gerrard is a better footballer than Lampard. He’s more skillful, versatile, creative, faster, defensive & attack minded…the list is endless, and above all Gerrard very inspirational and motivates his team more than anybody you can think of. The recent comment of Zinedine Zidane sums it all up when he said Gerrard is about the best midfielder in the world. Players like kaka, Ronaldinho etc have also made similar comments about him in the past. Its obvious you are both chelsea fans, but i tell you Hiddink would rather have Gerrard in his team than Lampard, and same goes for Mourinho, Avam grant and Abrahamovic.

  10. Deji Olaniun says:

    @ bryan & lamps other biased chelsea fans. in comparing the two we are not just talking about goals cos thats what you guys are hammering on. Gerrard is a better footballer than Lampard. He’s more skillful, versatile, creative, faster, defensive & attack minded…the list is endless, and above all Gerrard very inspirational and motivates his team more than anybody you can think of. The recent comment of Zinedine Zidane sums it all up when he said Gerrard is about the best midfielder in the world. Players like kaka, Ronaldinho etc have also made similar comments about him in the past. Its obvious you are both chelsea fans, but i tell you Hiddink would rather have Gerrard in his team than Lampard, and same goes for Mourinho, Avam grant and Abrahamovic.

  11. BRyan says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHlO935CjFo <——- A video about him that i like . It highlights his best moments. You said gerrard is faster more creative skillful defensive and & attack minded. i only agree that gerrad is faster . i dont know what you mean by defensively but i always see lampard making smart challenges in every match and he has good ball control and hardly loses to ball . he has 1 red card in his career at chelsea . I do believe he is also skillfull and creative as gerrard . And he is definitely very attack minded. Its like you are comparing them with seeing them equally . And Scolari said after 2 months at Chelsea he would never trade lampard for gerrard. See the video shows some of his skill and creativeness

  12. Brad says:

    i jes read the stuff tween baka and other guys… u idiot , carrick and scholes are excellent but ( and i’m kickin meself for this, since i am mu fan, since my family supported them even after they moved over here to the U.S. in 1900 sumin) they cant be compared to gerrard and lampard, and since the article is bout those 2, dont include the red devils MFs.

  13. tony says:

    Lets look at the real stats shall we. Prizes don’t mean anything……it depends what team you are in……..Matt le Tis was a brilliant player yet won nowt???

    Individual

    Lampard

    FWA Player of the Year: 2005
    FIFPro World XI: 2005
    UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year: 2007 08

    Gerrard

    FIFPro World XI: 2006–07, 2007–08
    PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2005–06
    UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2004–05

    Goals at current club

    Lampard 125 goals in 408 appearances. 15 international goals
    Gerrard 117 gols in 477 appearances 14 international goals

    Assists in the past 5 years.

    Lampard

    9 this season so far.
    8 in 2007/08
    10 in 2006/07
    10 in 2005/06
    16 in 2004/05

    Total assists in past 5 years. 53

    Gerrard

    8 this season so far
    10 in 2007/08
    4 in 2006/07
    6 in 2005/06
    6 in 2004/05

    TOTAL assists in past 5 years 34.

    Both great players and all Liverpool fans will say Gerrard, all Chelsea fans Lampard.

    It’s clear the stats speak for themselves. Forget all the passion and bullsh**…………its clear that:

    Gerrard is more widely regarded as a better player by his peers
    Lampard scores more goals from the same position as gerrard
    Lampard significantly creates more goals. 53 vs 34

    Who is the best midfielder in the world out of these two? Hard to pick……..Gerrard on his day appears better than Lampard but if you are talking consistency there is only one winner

    And for that reason LAMPARD wins it for me. I would rather have someone who does it virtually every game. He does this. Gerrard may be a better player…….but he doesn’t play to his full potential every game……….and Lampard plays to his on most occasions and beyond it on some.

    Lampard.

  14. tony says:

    and as gerrard watches his team………..’injured’ ……………..lampard scores 2 and knocks liverpool out of europe for the second season in a row.

  15. Chris Hall says:

    I have seen countless articles regarding who is better out of Lampard and Gerrard and countless different opinions a particular person’s subjective opinion on who is superior between them.

    In this argument there is simply only one conclusion we can derive from these two men….THE FACTS.

    The facts are that Lampard is statistically better for both club and country, he does it week in week out. He has a superior goal ratio and assist ratio from the same position for both club and country.

    He is the best player, dont let Gerrards performance in the Champions League cloud your judgement. Remember when Lampard saved England against Portugal and took it to penalties?

    This week we seen Lampard put Liverpool to the sword while Gerrard watched from the stand, apparently “injured”. Does anyone else see the symbolism here?

  16. At last somebody has spoken..
    I agree with tony & Chris about their comment..
    The only advantaged that Gerrard has is “faster” but others Lampard is also got. For me even both of them are playing the same role but they are two different type of player.
    Gerrard likes to dominate to much and very dangerous when he lead the attacking but Gerrard not very consistent when he down, his team also down. While Lampard is willing to play the coaches order but still can performed well and Lampard play as a team also performed consistently. We can see the fact for both player in past of 5 season. Who is the most consistent between this two player. If I’m the coach, I will put Lampard ahead Gerrard in my team because all team want a player that can play consistently every game not only well in several game. But for me both of them are very good player, got their own advantaged and playing style. I just wish them GLuck

  17. Brad says:

    I agree Oliver, they r both excelent players, and both have unique styles.

  18. Dhanesh says:

    I think lampard is better than gerrard bcoz lampard is a perfect midfielder god knws how didn’t he is not selected in pfa player of d year he can score goals frm anywhere and with huge number of assits and he operates frm mid-field unlike gerrard who plays half of d season as a supporting striker thats y lampard is best for club and country

  19. sytoe says:

    definitely gerrard is a better player bt lampard is nt far behind may b de best in england bt only in england talk of europe dats something else & saying in de world dars crazy enough

  20. sytoe says:

    now we want a debate abt de europeans finest goalkeepr,wingback,central defender,central def midfielder, central mid, winger, attacking mid, forward so dat we can compile europe’s best we are tired of these english players most of them nt evn good enough 4 the subs bench

  21. Brad says:

    lampard aint far behind gerrard, thats right.
    butt in me opinion, its really 2 close to call………..

  22. kennedy says:

    the 2 re not comparable coz thy ve completely different styles& attitude. cant compare beckham and ronaldihno,no!!

  23. Kev R says:

    Gerrard has won more and is more of an all rounder than Lampard. They have both endured bad spells and have come out on top, it is difficult to choose but Gerrard has improved more and Lampard is older than Gerrard so that’s why he’s had more games etc. and if it wasn’t for the take over I doubt Lampard would have as many goals. Gerrard has scored consistently over the past few seasons, more than most strikers. Whichever player is better, ahem Gerrard ahem, I think if they linked up better on the world stage England would be a force to be reckoned with.

  24. Impartial says:

    for whoever said chelsea are driven by foreign players obviously havnt checked the starting line ups recently. liverpool – stevie G, carragher and keane (at a push) are/were their british starting or rotation players this season.
    chelsea – joe cole, ashley cole, frank lampard and john terry all feature and have featured very heavily for the blues this season.

    as for chelsea spending all the money remind me how much did torres transfer for… oh yea over £20m.
    however jose bosingwa was £16.5m
    but didnt liverpool also pay somewhere in the region of £20.3m for the massive sucess story tht was robbie keane.

    we could go on for hours. the fact is that all the top flight premier teams spend similar amounts of money on foreign players so we can discount that.

    at the end of the day both these players are talismans for both club and country and deciding which player was infact better would be near on impossible.

  25. de says:

    you pple are just jealousy ..i know all you guys are Liverpool fans, but to face reality in football this days…. Lamperd is better than Gerrard …….. don’t get me wrong i’m not saying gerrard is not good….but is not better thank lampard i’m not chelsea fans(barca) i follow EPL from season to season but Lamp is better than Gerrad 89%

  26. matt saunders says:

    gerrard is 100% better than lampard. gerrard turns games and finals around and is the heart5 of liverpool he also scores amazing goals and is know world wide whilst lampard is a regular chelsea player who can score good but he is no match for stevie g :)

  27. Deji Olaniun says:

    @ matt saunders. I totally agree with you.

  28. lamps19 says:

    LAMPARD IS A FERRARI ENZO & GERRARD IS A MARUTI SUZUKI 800 !!
    LAMPARD IS THE BEST MIDFEILDER IN THE WORLD !! GERRARD IS 3RD BEST AFTER KAKA.
    LAMPARD IS BETTER BECAUSE : Lampard has won 2 BPL titles where he was chelsea’s highest scorer both seasons—lampard has also been runners-up 3 times in the BPL & gerrard only once !! —Lampard has scored 130 goals for chelsea in 417 games while gerrard 119 in 478, so lamps played less but scores more !! —lampard is only the 2nd midfeilder in the league after mattheu le tessier to score more than a 100 goals, he’s got 108, while gerrard is way behind at 70 !! —Lampard has made 55 assists in 5 seasons, gerrard 42 in 5 !!
    — Lampard has won the 2008 uefa midfeilder of the year…. & no way gerrard will win any uefa award… they will go to barca.— Lampard was 2nd in 2005 world player of the year, but Gerrard has never been even in top 5. Lampard was 2nd in 2005 ballon’ d or while gerrard’s highest finisnh is 3rd—- so LAMPARD IS CLEARLY BETTER THAN GERRARD…. LAMPARD IS A LEGEND… THE BEST MIDFEILDER BY SIR ALEX & “BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD” BY MURINHO, WHO PRAISED GERRARD ??

  29. Brad says:

    Dang, Lamps19, nice knowledge of the two players. I lost count of the twos goal numbers a long time go…..
    Really, i think it is too close to call though, though now i think lampard has a shade more on gerrard.

  30. albert says:

    Mr.Stev G is the best footballer in the world i agree totally with Zinedine Zidane.stev G send me ya shit i go chop.

  31. I D Ibrahim says:

    You called himSteve Gerrard I called him the GENERAL of all midfielders in soccer who deserve to be honour as world best player. Indeed i will say he is better than Lampard in anyway. Pls do call him GENERALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  32. brian torres says:

    i would like to add on by saying that steven gerrard is aclass apart compared to lampard of chealse ,gerrrard would rather be compared with other midfielders like hanandez ,i niesta ,kaka., bot not lamps ……………………………………..

  33. Brad says:

    Compared to Ronaldo, Gerrard is a Captain, and Ronny is a 5- star general.
    Sorry for goin off topic, yall……
    Thing is, I think Gerrard is still a shade less skillful than Lampard. I jes havent seen as Gerrard magic as I have Lampard…..
    then again, forgive me, I rarely ever get to see Liverpool play. Ive only seen em lose to CFC in CL and get an unconvincing win over Fulham, 1-0.

  34. lamps19 says:

    Lampard is way better i’ve proved it before !! end of debate.

  35. I D Ibrahim says:

    I advice U not to compare GENERAL with any midfielder in the world coz his qualities and performance are just too outstanding. In terms of captainship he is just too inspirational as well.

  36. Luke Mjstc says:

    Lampard is the ace, Gerrard is the GOD. This is simple.

    Did you see any CFC fans salute lampard crazily? Well Anfieldians will do that to gerrard.

  37. Deji Olaniun says:

    @ Brad…you have no business saying anything about this topic if you’ve seen just two of liverpool’s games. It obvious you’re a very biased chelsea fan just like the others.

  38. POOPOP says:

    Me, a Chellsea fan?!:(
    You have got to be joking!
    I was talkin about this season, dushbag! From this season and last, I’ve seen more of Liverpool than I have of Chellsea since when they throttled my club, ManU, 5-0 back in 99!
    I like to have my say. It is a free country and I can do practically anything I want on this discussion.
    DON’T TREAD ON ME.
    INTERVENE AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

  39. Brad says:

    Sorry about that last post.
    I fergot to take poopop off of my MySpace.
    :)

  40. ereziaye andrew says:

    steve g is the best in all

  41. ereziaye andrew says:

    steve is just the acronym for what the player reflect. S= strong, T= Tecchnical E= Experienced V= versatile E= ever ready Gerrad. dont say lamp when talking about Seve G

  42. peter says:

    no contest… no debate….fact…. gerrard is and will always be a better player than lump of lard lampard medals prove this( meaning worth while ones ) plus name any team in the world and you know who they would go in for, don`t forget chelsea wanted him and i honestly can say lardarse would have been pushed out by jose, but gerrard knew what team to be at and it`s going to be some season coming up for liverpool . youll see the gerrard we all know when him and torres stay in the team together for an extended run….top goal scorer….world player…and all round best player whether in midfield …up front or even in the back line if needed……..watch this space…….ynwa

  43. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    did somebody say Chelsea Fan?

    This reminds me of the good ol’ Ronaldo vs Messi debate…

    For there to be any decision on this, you have to define what better is – is it the most goals, most assists, most caps, most games, most money…???? Pick one or two or three and then break down the facts…which I think Lamps19, and a few others, have already noted. By the way, excellent job with those stats – some of it took me by surprise as i’ve never done the comparison myself.

    I was more impressed with Gerrard’s performance this season than I was with Frank….but don’t think Frankie wasn’t impressive…I think Gerrard had a lot more working against him (no offense to LFC – just don’t think you had all players you needed night in and night out for every game) and he was able to pull through when Liverpool needed it (most of the time).

    To trash Frankie like he is some sort of bum is wrong…you know very well he is top class, as is Gerrard, so hopefully we can at least be somewhat respectful in this debate.

    All in all, they are both Masters of their domain and I don’t care who is better as long as I get to see them compete.

    To Brad – dude, by the way, what is ‘poopop’? haha…

  44. Brad says:

    POOPOP is a line we made at school to say soemone farted in class.
    If you were about to fart, you had to yell poopop so everyone could cover their noses, as some of us had pretty bad gas.
    off topic, sorry…….

  45. Brad says:

    I jes use it to make everyone on MySpace laugh. It always works…..
    STILL OFF TOPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DAAAAAAMM- durn. Excuse me….

  46. Brad says:

    I still think Lampard is better- but only by the thinnest of shades- than Gerrard. It is really a bit too close to call, in my eyes, but I’m certain Lampard would win the battle after a LONG fight.
    But I am really like Chelsea FC Fan, I dont really care who is better as long as I get to see them play. Both of them are very entertaining.
    VERY entertaining.
    :)
    :p

  47. ali says:

    stev G u r da best. if sum1 love lfc it is becoz of him nd torres.

  48. Brad says:

    And I stand by what I said, Deji. Just like I stand by ManU and my country, the U.S.
    Dont insult me……. it will do you no good.

  49. Hne Harris Jr. says:

    This debate doesn’t changes anything about the players.

    Despite the comments, Frankie is better than Steven G

  50. gg says:

    Lampard is better by miles, gerrard is too over-rated

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