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Robbie Fowler names Steven Gerrard as Liverpool's greatest

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Robbie Fowler believes that Steven Gerrard is Liverpool's greatest ever player and called the Reds' captain "immense."

Gerrard has just two games left for Liverpool before he leaves for MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy after making 708 appearances for the club.

The 34-year-old has had an illustrious 17-year career at the Merseyside outfit and makes his final appearance at Anfield this Saturday when his side meet Crystal Palace.

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Many have made an argument for Gerrard being Liverpool's best ever player and Fowler, who played with the Huyton-native during two stints at the club, agrees with the debate.

“For me, Stevie is the greatest Liverpool have ever had,” Fowler told the Liverpool Echo.

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“People will always debate whether it’s Stevie or Kenny Dalglish.

“I wasn’t fortune enough to see Kenny in his prime, but I’ve seen enough footage to know he was a phenomenal player.

“I think the world of Kenny. I’ve spent time with him and know what he’s like as a man.

“But I’ve witnessed first-hand how good Steven Gerrard is. He has been absolutely immense.

“He has carried Liverpool single-handedly at times over the years and won games on his own.”

Success

Both Fowler and Gerrard were part of Liverpool's epic treble-winning season of 2001 with both playing a major part. The pair were on the score-sheet during the Reds' epic 5-4 victory against Deportivo Alvares in the UEFA Cup final that seen the club land their third and final trophy of the season.

The two also aided Liverpool to the Champions League final in 2007 when Fowler rejoined the club from Manchester City, however, could not emulate their success in Europe six years earlier.

Fowler is known as 'God' by many Kopites, a label which will always stick to him. Nonetheless, it will be Gerrard who is closer to Liverpool fans' hearts for his incredible solo displays throughout his career.

Leapfrog

Fowler is known as one of the most prolific goalscorers the Premier League has ever seen. His four-and-a-half minute hat-trick against Arsenal in 1994 will be remembered the best, but, he has a large portfolio of strikes that too stick out in Kopites' minds.

Throughout his career, the Toxteth-native netted 181 goals for Liverpool, which put him fifth on the all-time scorers list. 

However, Steven Gerrard's header during the 2-0 win against Queens Park Rangers earlier this month took him above Fowler.

It is a monumental achievement for Gerrard, considering he has spent his Anfield career playing in midfield and represents how good he has been. Goals against AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2005 and his two strikes to force extra-time in the FA Cup final against West Ham United will all be fondly remembered as well as many others.

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