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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. Jesse says:

    lampard has more skill, scores more goals, is always in the right position at the right time and can do absolutely anything with the ball. all of this without pace, gerrard relys on his pace, does have a great shot, not so much skill and scores great goals, not as frequent as lampard.

    lampard is surrounded by greats thats true.
    gerrard is surrounded by good players.

    the difference is, a player of their calibre can easily stand out in a team with only good players.
    lampard can stand out in amongst the best in the world. his consistency is unmatched by gerrard, who sometimes seems complacent.
    imagine if lampard played for liverpool. he would stand out like a sore thumb there too, not that he already doesnt in chelsea.

    on the national team, gerrard doesnt stand out at all. when surrounded by other greats, gerrard seems as though he’s not playing as good. its not that.. its in fact that his performance is being matched.
    however lampard has the ability to stand out in all forms of the game and at all times!

  2. l b says:

    let us not 4get the last world cup when one player had 26 chances and had no goals

  3. untold says:

    speed,right foot,left foot,heading,energy,power n everything u need for team engine-steven gerrard can play in any position except GK..dun 4get istanbul 2005.n waiting for this bomb nuklear at 2010 world cup..ehh,,sorry i 4got about lampard,westing my time.jangan marah……

  4. untold says:

    england midfielders 4 next world cup-CMF-steven gerrard,DMF-gareth barry,LW-ashley young,RW-theo walcott..no place for lampard..agree??

  5. alexei says:

    stever gerrard is the best!!! moterfucher’s dont you never fotget

  6. Steven S says:

    Stevie G is brilliant, he has flair and skill.

  7. lampard says:

    Lampard wins by a mile! more goals in premier league fact! more goals for England fact! and better % of passing/completion for both club and country fact!

  8. Tobie objamini says:

    On no account should anyone compare stevie G to frank larmpard.they are not on the same level and i dont believe they would ever be.it is like compariin a recruit in the army to a field marshall.there will always be the huge gap between the two.Terry can say watever he likes,but deep down,as a coach,he would choose to have gerrad before larmpard.gerrad is just to good to be commpared wit liverpool.the end.no more arguemnt.class is class.

  9. Jonski says:

    Hilarious. So because Lampard and Gerrard both have as many goals in an England shirt they are equal? Nope. Gerrard has played on the right or behind Lampard covering his ass in a defensive position, yet still has as many goals as Fat Frank. So this clearly goes for Gerrard.

    And as for clubs, Gerrard started off as a RB and then a DM. It is only in the last 4 years that he has been played in an attacking role, and guess what? He scores more goals per game than Lampard over the last 4 years too. Again, another point for Gerrard.

    As for medals: Gerrard has achieved all his medals at a club with average players, Lampard one with great players. How are they equal in this respect? Gerrard has pushed on for titles and carried his team while Lampard was merely a cog in a the machine. Another point for Gerrard.

    The only thing you got right was the individual accolades.

    Gerrard 4 – 0 Lampard.

  10. kolawole says:

    class is class stevie and frankie are not of he same class. while i know frankis is good, stevie obviously is better. stevie is a robust and utility player who has played in virtually every role on the field except goal keeping.even presently coach capello is using him on the flanks and in his maturity he will never complain. He is not just any player, he is a presence and when he’s on the field he exudes so much confidence and passion, consistent over the years, can go on and on…..

    he’s got pace, power, accurate telegraphic tailor made passes (both short and long ranges), and above all he’s a team player who can carry team responsibilities single handedly and of course a specialist in raising back to life any dead game. remember istanbul.

    all of these and many more has earned him the general o world football no more no less. but as for lampard he still has more to learn from the boss- STEVIE GGGGGGGG

  11. wolverin says:

    lampard is better cuz simply hes the best of the best

  12. Alex says:

    Hi Although yes Gerrard is a superb player lets face it I dont know if any of you watched lampard in 2009 – 2010 season but he was probably the best player. scored much more goals than gerrard for england and club. Lampard has a much better shot and has more ball skill and football intelligance. Yes gerrard maybe a better leader or captain but if he was a good enough player he would of atleast got liverpool higher than 7th place. He hardly scored any goals and from what I saw of him he was pefetic. 2010 world cup yes Gerrard scored first goal agaisnt USA but im sure lampard could of scored that goal. As statistics on the BBC say! who air football games they say Lampard has better skill and shots. And apart from Gerrards goal at the start of the Cup Lampard has played better over all with some cracking shots with an amazing lob agaisnt german keeper which was far past the line. So dont hate Lampard even if you do think Gerrard better Lampard and Gerrard are both world class players despite the world cup mess up. They both deserve to have a perminant place in the England squad, they work well together and play great football between them. There both amazing but Lampard proved by FA and BBC is a better player.

  13. heaney says:

    why are you lot even talking about this? its GERRARD and im a scum fan aswell

  14. heaney says:

    a dirty horible stinking man u fan but i admit it gerrard is the best player in the world and i would love to see him at the mighty scum. but i know hes not that sad so…..

  15. yared Assefa says:

    gerrard is great

  16. mark says:

    i think steven gerrad is beetar but i like liverpool but steven gerrad scores more than lamed but if you think frank laamed is beeatr than yougay and a loser we hate you my name is not mak its

  17. wisdom says:

    we shd stop this comparison.. Gerard ofcoz is a gud leader nd gat d pace.. And lampard plays wit great players.. But d fact stil remains. They r both gr8 player on and off d pitch..if lampard hapens 2 play 4 liverpool, he wil do dsame..

  18. Frank says:

    Lampard always remains the best with his prolific scoring abilities and skills.and he is the only midfielder who is in the the first six all time epl scorers.gerrard has no individual record.for the fact he has won the champs.leg and lamps has not doesn’t make him better than lamp,cos he has never won the epl either.lamps has been consistent playin 164 consecutive epl matches.and recently he has been awarded the epl player of the decade.lampard stands out tall he is simply the best.’100 AND STILL NOT OUT ALL 4 U.THANK U’.LAMPARD THE BEST EPL PLAYER EVER.

  19. Fatma says:

    They are both good and experienced and all have strength and weaknesess.Overall n doubt Lampard emerges the winner is recognised in whole of Euorope.This is a debate which is tough to convince but in comparison Lampard takes more points.The best of him is the spirit.I am not English but can see when he plays in international level he give out all of his energy to his country.You could see that when his goal was disallowed.Also when he plays in UEFA he does not only play for his club but represents his country.You all noticed when Chelsea overcome Napoli his eyes glistened with tears.He said England stands strong…In conclusion Lamps stands first then Gerrard though by little ratio.Thanks.All the best to the two of them.

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