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Steven Gerrard was unstoppable, says Thierry Henry

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Thierry Henry has admitted it would have "been an honour" to have played alongside Steven Gerrard during his career.

The 37-year-old, who retired from football earlier this year, played against the Liverpool captain on a number of occasions for Arsenal and France, and their battles on the field never failed to produce.

Gerrard leaves the Reds at the end of the season and will join Los Angeles Galaxy on an 18-month deal, moving to Major League Soccer just like Henry did when he swapped Barcelona for the New York Red Bulls.

Henry played in the MLS for five seasons, during which time he scored 52 goals and believes the former England captain is leaving Anfield at the right time and the correct club.

“I don’t think he’s leaving the Premier League too soon,” Henry said. “He is going at the right time.

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“Listen, you will never replace Steven Gerrard. Someone else will come in and do something different but you cannot replace Gerrard. I am not saying nobody will come to them but you just can’t replace what he does.  

“He is clever enough to adapt over there. Saying that, he will arrive in a team that is already on tune. Trust me, LA Galaxy have either been winning or losing in the final every single year. They are a very good organisation.”

During his career, Henry had the pleasure to play with some of the greatest footballers to have every played the game. For Arsenal and Barcelona, he was blessed to link up with the likes of Lionel Messi, Patrick Viera and Ronaldinho, and for his country he had the pleasure of playing alongside Zinadine Zidane and Marcel Desailly.

However, the four-time Premier League Golden Boot winner can't help but think how many more goals he would have scored if Gerrard was in the same team during his career.

“Stevie G is Stevie G. It makes me laugh when I see people talking about him the way that they have been recently," he added. "As a midfielder, he was for me unstoppable, along with Paul Scholes.

"We had so many battles and I always used to say to him: ‘It would have been an honour to play with you’.

“He is the dream for any striker. Ask Fernando Torres. Ask Luis Suarez. Ask any striker who has played with him. He still does it. That through-ball along the ground or in the air is a dream for any striker.”

Excellent History

There are not many players who have the attributes that Gerrard has possessed throughout his career.

His history of linking up with strikers at Anfield is infamous and is a reason why many regard him as the best midfielder to ever play in the Premier League.

Michael Owen was a prolific goalscorer on Merseyside and the two had an excellent rapport together before the Cheshire-native left for Real Madrid in 2004.

There was a short period when the 34-year-old was denied a top-class striker to work with and had to make do with the likes of Milan Baros and Djibril Cisse.

In 2007, things quickly changed when Fernando Torres arrived on Merseyside and instantly the pair clicked, combining countless times before the Spaniard made his switch to Chelsea for £50 million in January 2011.

However, Torres was soon replaced by the arrival of Luis Suarez who was even more prolific when moving to Liverpool from Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam.

Suarez was arguably the best of all who Gerrard played alongside, and the pair were world-class together and almost won the Reds their first league title for 24 years when finishing runners-up to Manchester City last season.

One Last Push

With Gerrard leaving the club he's been representing since he was eight-years-old, he will no doubt want one last piece of silverware before jetting off for LAX airport.

The Huyton-native has won countless trophies at Anfield over the years, including two FA Cup's and the Champions League.

However, it was 2012 since Gerrard thrust a cup above his shoulders and will want that feeling one more time.

The Reds have an excellent chance of reaching the League Cup final this term and meet Chelsea in the semi-finals of the competition later this month. Although it is not the most glamorous of trophies, it would no doubt be an honour for the former England captain to win.

The competition that Gerrard will have firmly in his radar is the FA Cup. The last time Liverpool won the contest was in 2006 when his two late goals helped defeat West Ham United on penalties.

The date of the final this year is 30th May and shares the same day of Gerrard's 35th birthday.

If Carlsberg did birthdays, they couldn't get much better...

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