There has always been some doubt about how Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has felt about Steven Gerrard. He has played him often out of position, left him out of some big games and even substituted him against Everton!
He has, in the past, accused him of being, ‘too passionate’. Today, Benitez has put the doubt behind him and hailed Gerrard as the best midfielder in the world.
Gerrard is on ninety-nine goals for Liverpool, but Benitez feels he can go on to get many, many more.
Benitez told the BBC, “We are lucky to have the best midfielder in the world. He scores great goals that few others can manage. But he can score a lot more. Once he has scored his 100th, then we will give him the objective of maybe 150.”
Liverpool are unbeaten in all competitions this season, and Benitez says that Gerrard will help the team continue that record against Stoke City tomorrow.
He said, “The way to win is to play our own football. To keep possession, keep passing and keep it on the ground. We must match them physically, and also make sure the technical aspects of our game and our tactics prevail. But we have Gerrard. His goals tally is outstanding for a midfielder who can play anywhere. There are maybe only two or three players in the world who can score the sort of strike managed in Marseille. He did it again today in training, so we know he can score like that again. He can score a lot more for us, maybe get near to doubling his current tally if he takes the penalties too! But to do that he must play in a good team, but it is possible he could achieve a record of goals for a midfielder.”
What do you think? Is Rafa right that Gerrard is the best in the world?
(Source – BBC)
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