Robbie Savage answers football's hardest question: Gerrard, Scholes or Lampard?

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Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard are amongst the best players to have ever graced the Premier League - but who's the best?

It's the age-old question that football fans have long argued over, ever since the midfield trio made their mark for Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

Where trophies are concerned, Scholes and Lampard blow Gerrard - who has never won the Premier League - out of the water with their domestic success.

In terms of ability, it's entirely subjective. Scholes is widely regarded as one of football's most complete players, but Gerrard and Lampard were similarly well-rounded.

Separating the three to find a definitive winner, then, really is a near-impossible task.

But not if you're Robbie Savage. In an interview with William Hill, per the Mirror, he predicted this weekend's Premier League results and gave his take on the long-running debate.

In Savage's opinion, there's only one winner: Gerrard.

"I had the privilege and pleasure of playing against him," he said. "I played against Scholes, [Roy] Keane, [Patrick] Vieira, [Claude] Makelele, Lampard - some of the best we've seen in the Premier League.

"But for me, Steven Gerrard stood out. He could pass it 50, 60 yards and you couldn't get close to him.

"He could tackle you, take free-kicks, he could whip balls in, he could score goals - as a midfield player, he was a nightmare. For me, he goes down as the greatest ever Liverpool player."

Savage's claim is reinforced by a graphic that's been doing the rounds on social media since Gerrard announced his retirement on Thursday afternoon (see below).

Football fans will be quick to point out that the graphic doesn't take into account the titles Gerrard, Scholes and Lampard won during their careers. Well, here they are:

Gerrard: 1x UEFA Cup, 1x Champions League, 2x FA Cup

Scholes: 11x Premier League, 2x Champions League, 3x FA Cup

Lampard: 3x Premier League, 1x Europa League, 1x Champions League, 4x FA Cup

If major trophies determine the best player, then Scholes wins by an absolute landslide, with Lampard second and Gerrard third.

Jamie Carragher shares the same opinion as savage, saying on Sky Sports in 2013: "Top for me is Stevie. The reason he is top is in terms of his big game influence, in Istanbul and in Cardiff."

Gary Neville, on the other hand, opted for former teammate Scholes.

"Paul Scholes is the best player I've ever played with. He's a unique talent. He controls the tempo of the whole football match," he said.

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