Michael Owen says Steven Gerrard was 'on a different level' to Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard


Here we go again with the ‘Gerrard, Lampard or Scholes’ debate.

This time, it’s Michael Owen who has raised it.

The former Liverpool and Manchester United striker appeared on The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher podcast and offered his thoughts on Gerrard, with whom he won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup with Liverpool, compared to Scholes and Lampard.

Owen has experience playing with Scholes and Lampard having starred alongside both for England, so his opinion isn’t entirely biased.

But he’s convinced that Gerrard was the best player out of the trio, saying the former Liverpool captain was “on a different level” to anyone he’s seen or played with.

And this is a guy who’s also played for Real Madrid.

“If you watch Scholesy in training, your tongue is hanging out,” Owen said.

“He can give you the eyes, you can think he’s heading it that way and he’ll almost do a reverse spinner off the other side of his head. He can drop a ball on a sixpence. He is just total and utter genius.

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“But there’s that and there’s the actual practicalities of playing on a big pitch where you need size, strength, substance, running ability, all these things.

“And if you play one v one, you against you, Stevie against any of the names that you’ve played, I think he would eat them for dinner.

“Someone like Scholesy obviously had different attributes. I mean, unbelievable the way he changed his game from being a bombing midfielder scoring to a quarterback. Total genius.

Frank Lampard, who can question his goalscoring and how he got every ounce out of his ability?

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“But to me, Stevie’s on a different level than anything I’ve seen or played with and as you’ve said, I’m not blowing smoke up my a***, I’ve played with some great Man United players, Liverpool players, Real Madrid, England.

“Put it this way. If i’m saying tomorrow rewind the clock, you’re going into battle now, you’re playing in the Champions League final, who’s your first pick? I’d have Steven Gerrard as my first pick out of anyone.”

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Debate settled?

It’s worth noting that in a poll ran by the Champions League’s official Twitter account in 2018, Gerrard came out on top ahead of Scholes and Lampard with 40% of the vote.

It seems the Liverpool legend can officially take bragging rights.

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