The 35-year-old, who now plies his trade in the United States with LA Galaxy, was asked to rank Keane, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Patrick Vieira and himself in order by the Daily Mail.
Gerrard responded: “Keane No 1. The rest? They’re all different. Frank’s the best goalscoring midfielder, Scholes the best footballer, Vieira the most difficult opponent... I loved playing against all of them.”
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Gerrard’s response might surprise some football fans. While Keane was a fearsome competitor who relished playing in fixtures like Manchester United v Liverpool, the ex-Republic of Ireland international was not the most technically-gifted of the five aforementioned midfielders.
But Keane still had an eye for a pass and could burst forward to score goals. He did the simple things very well.
Who is the best-ever Premier League midfielder?
Gerrard may also have named Keane as his number one pick because of the influence he had at Old Trafford. A central midfielder who led by example, Keane captained Manchester United with distinction before leaving the club in 2005 following a high-profile bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Many fans and players - past and present - find it nearly impossible to choose between Gerrard and Keane's ex-Manchester United teammate Scholes as the best midfielder in Premier League history.
Another group would argue that Lampard, the fourth-highest goalscorer in Premier League history, sits top of the pile, while just as many would name Vieira or Keane as the greatest.
Is Roy Keane really the best midfielder in Premier League history? Rank Roy Keane, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Patrick Vieira in the comments below!
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