Anfield icons, former team-mates and esteemed adversaries - they've all had a thing or two to say about Steven Gerrard during the ten years he has been at the club. From Callaghan to Kaka; Pele to Rafa - we've compiled all the quotes that matter.
"As a former right-back, I was very impressed when he played in my old position towards the end of the Champions League final in 2005. It speaks volumes for his ability that he could adapt quickly and stand out in that position. Rafa Benitez pointed out how dangerous Serginho was for AC Milan, he needed somebody to pin him down - and Gerrard was quite happy to do that. He really kept him quiet for the rest of the match. Stevie has such athleticism - he is brilliant. It's a shame we're not all built like that. He has that unique ability to play anywhere on the park and the way he reads the game helps him go forward. "He can spot danger early and his long legs have saved us so many times. It's phenomenal; I probably didn't have the ability to tackle like that."
"Steven Gerrard is so powerful and strong. He can attack, he can defend and he can score. I really like him as a player and I think he can be one of the best players, a truly fantastic player."
"Nobby Stiles once told me that he thought Steven Gerrard was the nearest thing to Duncan Edwards and that is a tremendous compliment for a player. His all-action style constantly puts pressure on the opposition and he must be the best midfielder in the world."
"He for me is brilliant and is as good as Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira at the top of their game. He needs to play central midfield on a regular basis and if he does do that Liverpool will have a real chance of winning the title. All the others have a good consistency level and perform well but Gerrard is the one that makes them tick."
"He is the most important player Liverpool have and could be the most important player England has. In my opinion he is the most complete midfield player in Europe. If you look at attacking midfield players with Zidane and Ronaldinho and if you look at defensive midfield players like Makelele, creative midfield players with the passing of Beckham. He can do it all. For me he is the most complete midfield player in the world."
"I've gone on record about this before and I'll say it again, Steven Gerrard is possibly the finest midfielder player ever to play for Liverpool Football Club. He is so influential. I'd definitely put him in the same bracket as Graeme Souness. Everyone knows how great a player Graeme was and it just goes to show how highly I rate Gerrard."
"He is an excellent player, in my opinion, he is a modern player because he is a player who runs, marks, knows how to pass, cross, score goals and he is a leader on the field for Liverpool. So he is a player that I would like to have in my team."
"Wherever he plays, he's a great player. When he plays on the right he can help whip the ball in, take people on and he's quick as well. He is one of the best at finding and creating space. He's one of those players who can do a job anywhere. You can be a bit more restricted when you are out on the right. As a winger who later came into midfield, I found there was more space in which to operate, and Gerrard is like that too. He's really good down the left too."
"Steven Gerrard is such a complete footballer. He can play comfortably in any position and he loves Liverpool so he is prepared to wherever he is asked. He has faith in the manager - simply because he has identified Gerrard as his main man. You only have to watch the way we play to see how central he is to the team's tactics. You couldn't have asked more from him when he's been asked to play up front. He does it with style and scores goals. You could argue his best position is at the centre of midfield, but for me his best position is in a red shirt, on a football pitch, with the ball at his feet. The rest comes naturally to him. He is one of the best players in the world at the moment - just give him a strip and let him play."
"He is a player who can play anywhere and score goals. Not just normal goals, but we are talking about fantastic goals too. This is what you get with a top-class player. To score so many goals from midfield is a great achievement. First of all you have to be really good and secondly you have to have an offensive mentality and quality. You also have to play in a top side because at the end of the day you need to attack and create chances. It's not easy but he is still young and I think he will score a lot of goals and maybe break a lot of records too."
"He has everything. He can use both feet, he's good in the air and possesses the kind of vision that only the very best players have. One thing I feel certain about is that it will one day be impossible to ignore him for the European Footballer of the Year award. He is already the equal of Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane at their best. But Stevie has something different - he can score lots of goals. But people should not underestimate the depth of feeling he has for Liverpool. He loves the club and the fans and I know there's nothing he'd rather do than lift the Premier League trophy as Liverpool captain."
"Gerrard is a great player. He is undoubtedly one of the best midfield players in the world."
"I think Steven Gerrard is a fantastic player. He is the Liverpool captain - and Liverpool are a very important team which won the Champions League. He is a player who commands authority and can lead by example on the pitch and inspire the team. I think he is an important player for England and I like a player who is willing to be critical of himself. A lot of players criticise the manager and the coaches; but he has shown respect for other players, for the manager, and he has shown humility."
"Steven is one of the best players you can find. He has everything. He can defend. He can tackle incredibly well. He has vision, he is an extremely good passer. He can shoot, score goals and has the energy to get up and down the pitch. It is very difficult to say who is the best player in the country but Steven is certainly one of them - and has been for a long time now. As long as I was England manager, he was extremely important to me. He was important to England last year after I left and he will be very important in the future as well."
"Gerrard is an excellent player, absolutely world class. If I was a manager, everywhere I went I would buy Steven Gerrard. He is what Brazil needs, because he is always looking forward and has a big heart. When I saw him in Tokyo in a game against Sao Paulo, I said that Gerrard is a great player. To me he is one of the best midfielders in the world."
"Everywhere the ball is, he seems to be there. He's got that unbelievable engine, desire, determination. Anyone would like to have Gerrard in their team."
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