Steven Gerrard is rated by many as one of the best players the Premier League has ever seen, possibly Liverpool's greatest player ever and a great captain for England.
But this is why Gerrard does not deserve all this praise:
First of all, let's just have a stereotypical image of Steven Gerrard: the perfect midfielder, superb at passing, long range shooting and free kicks. A superb leader as he's impeccably conducted on and off the pitch and is the reason Liverpool do so well. This is completely wrong.
And Gerrard is having a fantastic season, is he not? He picked up the Joint Player of the Month award. Well, the answer is, in one word, bias. The Reds captain scored three penalties last month (and missed one). He also scored a free kick from just outside the box that the keeper should have saved. His passing hasn't been abnormally good.
It's just bias that won him that award.He picked up three yellow cards in five matches. Perhaps the sign of a dirty player?
Well, yes actually. This season Gerrard has committed an astonishing 46 fouls (which is considerably more than notorious bad-boy Pepe of Real Madrid) but only 27 of these fouls have been given by the ref. More bias? Against the impeccably conducted player?
So, the 33-year-old is the best passer and long shot taker in the League is he? Well, he has the 33rd best passing accuracy in the Premier League. That's very disappointing for a player so worshipped as a pass master.
Also, I admit Gerrard does sometimes score screamers, but quite a few of his shots hit Row Z (but, funnily enough, these never find their way onto Match of the Day). Of his 78 shots this season, an underwhelming 33 have been on target.
Is Gerrard an impeccably conducted, inspirational captain?
Steven Gerrard has dived before. There is no question about it. He's got known for it, but he's allowed to get away with it too often.
Gerrard, in my eyes, cannot take a loss. He also criticises Everton whenever he gets the chance. Whenever he complains he seems to have little reason to do so, just feels it's his duty to complain. Often he's seen shouting at the referee for giving any decision to the opposition, although he's never booked.
However, referees are in fact biased towards Gerrard. Not only do they let him get away with diving, they also let him get away with fouls. He should have been sent off against Everton earlier this season, and (as I said before) only 27 of his incredible 46 fouls have been given by the referee.
And these are a few of the reasons why I think Steven Gerrard is overrated.
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