Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been hailed as the second best British midfielder of all-time behind Sir Bobby Charlton after his stunning display in Tuesday’s Merseyside derby, The
Gerrard scored a hat-trick against Everton to give Liverpool a 3-0 lead and close the gap on the top four places the club are chasing. Carragher has played with Gerrard for all of his career at Anfield and believes the 31 year old has proven he is the best to play for the Reds. Gerrard was tipped to be England captain and even spoke about his desire to take the armband, but caretaker boss Stuart Pearce chose Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker as his captain for the friendly with Holland.
Carragher was surprised at the decision, but believes that despite the lack of armband for England, Gerrard is among the best midfielders in British football. The Liverpool defender put his teammate ahead of Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes and former England international Paul Gascoigne, because the Liverpool captain has lived up to expectations and performed brilliantly.
The 34 year old said: “We all know he’s in the upper echelons when it comes to Liverpool players, but when you look at a list of greats to play in English football, I’d say he is second only to Bobby Charlton in terms of the best midfielders there have ever been. I know how hard it can be for a local lad to live up to expectations, especially for Stevie who has had so much responsibility for so long. None of the players who’ve played alongside him would dispute he’s the best the club has ever had and I would hope none of the managers would either”.
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