Steven Gerrard was heralded as Liverpool's "greatest player ever" by team-mate Jamie Carragher as the England captain was honoured by the Football Writers' Association at a gala tribute dinner in London.
The 32-year-old midfielder collected the prestigious accolade from FWA chairman Andy Dunn, of the Sunday Mirror. Tributes were paid by former manager Gerard Houllier, who brought Gerrard into the Liverpool first team as a raw youngster, and his long-serving team-mate Carragher, while former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish also passed on his congratulations as he was unable to attend.
Carragher is in no doubt of Gerrard's place among Anfield legends, and said: "I think we are in the presence of the greatest player ever to play for Liverpool. People will say I am biased because we are good friends and because of the trophies we have won together, but it is a fair accolade to give him."
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