After Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography was released, a lot of speculation followed such as is often the way with the ex-Manchester United manager. He openly criticised an array of quality players including David Beckham, Roy Keane and Steven Gerrard. All of these players have had successful careers, however there is one player that stands out: Gerrard.
The Liverpool captain continues to produce the goods for club and country. At the age of 33, featuring in 107 games for England scoring 21 goals is a stat that cannot go unrecognised.
But not only has he scored important goals for his country, his drive and willingness to affect the game shows his work ethic and desire to compete against the best.
He is like the John Terry for Chelsea or Ryan Giggs for Manchester United, in as much as it never crosses their minds to leave their home club. Gerrard has been guiding Liverpool to success ever since he started and goals against West Ham and AC Milan have helped to win the FA Cup and Champions League respectively.
The criticism was clearly slightly harsh by Ferguson, with the Liverpool star a hero to the Anfield faithful. 449 appearances for Liverpool with 100 goals signifies the loyalty and ability that Gerrard has shown with teams being built around him.
This season, Liverpool have finally resolved issues that have left them consistently out of Champions League contention. With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge firing goals up front, they stand a real chance of challenging anyone this season.
There is also surely success still left for Gerrard. With the world cup looming, a successful season awaits.
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