The Anfield captain admitted that he would not have been as successful as he has been had he not played with Dietmar Hamann.
Gerrard has become the talisman for Liverpool since he first moved into midfield, although he believes this success would not have been possible without the influence of ‘The Kaiser’.
“He was my safety net. The reason people speak about me and how I played with Didi was because he was there,” Gerrard is quoted as saying in the official Liverpool website.
“He allowed me to go forward, score and set up goals, and he did all my defensive work and tackling for me.”
Probably Hamann’s most significant contribution for the Reds was the Champions League final against AC Milan in 2005.
Istanbul was the setting and Milan routed Rafael Benitez’s side in the first half, going in 3-0 up at the break.
Benitez then brought Hamann on for Steve Finnan at half-time, which stifled Kaka’s first half freedom and provided a basis for the Reds to stage their incredible comeback.
It was an incredible evening in Istanbul and Gerrard is still grateful to the German, even going so far as to claim the current Liverpool side could do with Hamann’s expertise.
“At the time we had him, he was in his prime and he was up there with the best holding midfielders in the world,” he added
“There's no Liverpool fan, player or coach at Anfield who wouldn't love him to be 26 or 27 now and still doing his stuff because that's how good he was.”
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