Is Steven Gerrard the best Premier League player never to have won the title?
He played 17 seasons at Anfield but only came close to getting his hands on the prize on a couple of occasions.
In truth, the midfielder couldn’t have done much more as he carried his sides for many years through numerous disappointing campaigns. What he needed was more support from his teammates.
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While Gerrard had to play alongside players that weren’t anywhere near his standard for much of his Liverpool career, he did have the pleasure of playing with some world-class players.
At one time, Gerrard played in a midfield three with Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano - as Liverpool fans sang about “the best midfield in the world”.
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Gerrard has also had some incredible strikers ahead of him which he’s linked up with.
Michael Owen, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez all thrived on Merseyside from playing ahead of Gerrard - scoring a ridiculous amount of goals between them.
For England, Gerrard didn’t have too much success - but that’s not to say he didn’t play alongside some brilliant players.
Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney were all in the same England side with Gerrard but the ‘golden generation’ somehow didn’t even get close to achieving anything.
But who is the best player Gerrard has played with?
You’d think it would be a tough choice but the Liverpool legend is in no doubt whatsoever.
When asked by Gary Lineker during his official retirement interview, Gerrard claimed that one player stands out.
“Luis Suarez, by a mile. Phenomenal,” he said.
Fast forward the below video to 8:50 to check out his answer.
While it must have been difficult to ignore all the other teammates throughout the years, it’s easy to see why Gerrard has picked Suarez.
The Uruguayan spent three-and-a-half campaigns at Anfield, scoring 82 goals in 133 appearances. In his final season, he scored an incredible 31 goals in 33 Premier League matches as Liverpool went within inches of breaking their Premier League drought.
Suarez is now hitting new heights at Barcelona, scoring 95 goals in just 113 matches. As Gerrard said: ‘Phenomenal’.
When Gerrard announced his retirement on Thursday, Suarez penned an emotional letter which you can see below:
Gerrard and Suarez had a fantastic relationship on the pitch and it’s clear their friendship stretches beyond football.
What Liverpool fans would give to have those two back in their side right now.
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