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Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard or Paul Scholes who was the best?

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There will always be a great debate as to who was the best out of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes.

Personally, I think it's very hard choice, any Liverpool fan would pick Gerrard, any Chelsea fan would pick Lampard and any United fan would pick Scholes. Who would a neutral fan pick? I am just not sure.

Steven Gerrard carried Liverpool for almost a decade, and many would look at him as the complete midfielder, box to box and could create something special out of nothing.

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There is a notion that to be considered a great player, you have to win major trophies, if you compare Gerrard's trophy cabinet to the other two, he would fall short, but this doesn't make him any less of a player.

Let's not forget he remained loyal to his boyhood club throughout this career, had he made the move to join Jose Mourinho at either Chelsea or Real Madrid, no doubt his medal collection would be slightly bigger.

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Such a dynamic player, ferocious in the tackle, an ability to pass a football as good as anyone and a scorer of great goals. He was one of few players who could pick a game up by the scruff of the neck and make something special happen.

I do think sometimes it is a shame he didn't move to a different club as I think he deserved to play amongst other players of his ilk. This could have seen him progress his game to an even higher level, but loyalty like this is quite rare nowadays and I am certainly not knocking his decision to stay with Liverpool.

Unlike Gerrard, Frank Lampard didn't quite have that same innate ability, but he developed his game massively through no doubt hours of practice on the training ground, and this certainly paid off.

Any centre midfield player who scores the amount of goals he did is a class act. What he did was no fluke, and for any player to be an all time top goal scorer from centre midfield is a huge accomplishment.

It wasn't just his goals that made him the player he was either, his all round game was technically sound and he was comfortable using both his left and right foot. You have to admire the work he put into developing his game.

I am sure many players nowadays train, play and take their pay packet every week. You can tell with Lampard this wasn't the case, it wasn't about the money it was about being the best he could possibly be.

Would Chelsea have been as successful without Frank Lampard and his goals? I am not so sure. Throughout his time he was part of a Chelsea spine that became very successful, without him in that spine they would have had a huge hole to fill.

It's no surprise he is still playing at the age of 37. Despite the nickname of "Fat Frank" over the years which I always found to be unusual, he has looked after himself immensely and he could continue to play for a number of years which is a credit to him.

Then there's Paul Scholes. It is difficult for me to talk a great deal about Paul Scholes because I think he went unnoticed much more than the other two. But one thing I would say about Scholes is I have never seen a player, other than maybe Zinedine Zidane, who seemed to have as much time and space on the ball.

This wasn't down to a fault of the opposing players, it was down to him and it's why he was considered such a genius. How he was able to dictate the tempo of a game every time.

We all know he wasn't the greatest of tacklers, but he was just a brilliant player. His passing range was unbelievable, he again was another scorer of great goals, and any player who Sir Alex Ferguson seeks out to come out of retirement has to be considered special.

England haven't won anything since 1966. I really do wish there had been a manager out there who would have found a way to have these three playing in the same side, getting the best out of them all, because I think if they had, things could have been very different.

If these players have any regrets over their careers, which they really don't need to, it will be that they never won any major honours for England. It's a great shame they were not able to do that, but they can look back on their careers as being huge successes and will go down in history as three of the greatest centre midfield players to ever grace the game.

I think for me, to have experienced a Premier League for 10-15 years with these three at the top of their game is something we should all be thankful for. It doesn't make any difference who the best is as they were all considered world class players in their own right and all contributed to their clubs in their very own special ways.

It was certainly a great privilege to watch these players compete at the very top level and we can only hope we see another three players like this at some point in the future

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Paul Scholes
Steven Gerrard
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