The Reds captain has been in the headlines once again after his match-winning hat-trick in the Merseyside derby against Everton on Tuesday.
It is great praise from a player who was an integral part of the sides that won so many trophies in the late 70s and early 80s – also the era when current manager Kenny Dalglish was at the club.
“The biggest compliment I can pay him is that if Stevie G was around when I was playing he would have won a place in our team somewhere,” Neal told the club’s official website.
“Bob Paisley put some great sides together but I think Stevie would have got into all of them. I don't know who you would have dropped but there would have been a place in the side for him.”
Gerrard’s hat-trick won the game and halted a run of three straight defeats for Dalglish’s side, which went some way to highlight his importance to a side that are struggling to score goals.
It is praise indeed to come from such a club great as Neal, who was at one point the most decorated player in English football history with eight league titles, four League Cup title, a UEFA cup winner and four European Cups.
Neal also spoke of the influence Gerrard has on the club’s younger players and lauded him as a great example of a model professional and role model.
“As a captain Steven leads by example, he is not a mouthy sort of person. He will give certain instructions to his teammates and it was nice to see Jay Spearing alongside him,” said the former Reds skipper.
“Just imagine how big Jay will feel today - to have played alongside Stevie and being in a team that has won 3-0 over their local rivals in his hometown. It will give him a new lease of life to want more.”
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