Monday, October 14, 2019

Is Gerrard the best in the world?

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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Patrick

Maybe we can say that Gerrard is the best midfielder for Liverpool? He is definetely on the list of best midfielders in the world, but it is too difficult to decide in this era of Kaka, Fabregas, Lampard, Ribery, Pirlo, Ballack, Deco, Iniesta, Xavi, Joe Cole, etc. There are many great midfielders alive and playing these days. But we all know who the best ever was… ZIDANE!

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Martin

Gerrard is the most complete midfielder around, without doubt. He can pass, tackle,score, good in the air and most importantly he inspires people with his desire and will to win. He leads by example. There maybe players who are better at some aspects of the game, but Gerrard is the complete footballer, who can do it all!

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bc

sorry patrick but you’re obviously an ardent chelsea fan.. you have 4 chelsea players there… how can you possibly name joe cole in that same bracket? lol.. fair play he is without question a very good player, yeah i’ll give you ballack and lamps though..

YNWA
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YNWA

Patrick….Who, from all those, would score the unbelievable goals that Gerrard scores?…..none of those players would have scored Gerrard latest……..

YNWA
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YNWA

And that is an unbiased and honest view!!

Frank
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Frank

Patrick, your right, no one has the shear genius that is Zidane. Gerrard is not better than Kaka as an attacking midfielder, nor is he as good as Pirlo in the deep defensive playmaker role, or as good as Xavi or Febregas as a central midfielder playmaker, though none of the rest have anything that really competes with gerrard and then again, gerrard can play all those positions better than most players in the world, even Zidane. He is a true all rounder that I have not seen the like of in my life.

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Musu

Patrick! You’re wrong. It is Johann Cruyff the best midfielder that the world have seen so far!! No other player can replace him.

Joe
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Joe

comparing Gerrard to Fabregas, Lampard, Ballack, etc is fair one of many really good midfielders, should add Essien to the list too he is too good the be part of Etc.

There are two clearly standing out who are better than the rest Kaka and Ronaldo, one of them is the best, the other one is second best, not the rest of group.

and completely agree on Zidane!

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GMan

There are so many conrasting styles in midfield players, it is all depends on what you feel is the best quality. In my opinion, Gerrard is the most complete midfielder in the world. That makes him the best!!

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danny pacheco's left nut

There have been better tackling defensive midfielders than Stevie, better passers and even better goal-scorers – but has there ever been a more complete all-round, box-to-box player? I don’t think so (although I am biased).

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