"'That sort of thing has been going on for the last 10 years. People only really heard about it with Mourinho and Chelsea in 2004 and 2005. But it has happened a few times. It was flattering back then because the two best managers around wanted me to play in their teams. The Mourinho thing was different, of course. This club weren’t really challenging at the time, so there was something to think about. But I ended up saying no and a year later I said no again. But he came back when he arrived at Real Madrid two years ago. I look at some players who get interest from clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona and they cause absolute wars to get out and get there. But that has never been me and, again, it just wasn’t going to happen. I was happy here. I was settled. I thought all that had gone really." Steven Gerrard on Chelsea and Jose Mourinho link (1st September 2012): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2196614/Steven-Gerrard-exclusive-Manchester-United-wanted-Real-Madrid-Im-Liverpool-life.html
The clubs that tried to sign me in my last year at Liverpool… "Before I went public with the news, other clubs were hearing I might be leaving Liverpool. The first offer came from Besiktas, then managed by Slaven Bilic. Monaco were next. They came in strong. Paris Saint-Germain were also very keen. David Moyes called my agent a couple of times, to see whether I would be interested in playing for him at Real Sociedad. A few English clubs called but I wouldn’t play against Liverpool. There was interest from Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. It was good to know he still rated me. I turned down a €13.5million (around £10m) net deal to play in Qatar for two years. That would have been more than I’d ever earned, but Qatar wasn’t the right place for me and my family." Steven Gerrard on clubs wanting to sign him in his last year at Liverpool FC, (11th September 2015): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3231093/STEVEN-GERRARD-EXCLUSIVE-rejected-Tottenham-PSG-10m-Qatar.html
"They (Real Madrid) wanted me to kick up a war to get out of Liverpool for a certain amount of money, which I wasn’t prepared to do,' Gerrard said. 'I think Real Madrid, when they’re after a player they have the attitude of "we’re Real Madrid, you should fight to come to us." 'But my love for Liverpool, I’m not prepared to go to war and plus I was very happy and stable at the time.' Steven Gerrard On Real Madrid link (25th September 2015): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3248395/Steven-Gerrard-says-Real-Madrid-wanted-cause-war-Liverpool-order-force-Santiago-Bernabeu.html
“It’s very flattering to be linked to a huge club like Real Madrid. I’ve had a couple of options throughout my career to go to Real Madrid but I resisted temptation because of the big connection I have to my home town club in Liverpool. It may be something I regret further down the line for not challenging myself and having a change of scenery in a different country but I’d have had an even bigger regret to leave the club I love. I’m a big fan of Real Madrid. They are a special club. But for me, Liverpool is my number one club.” Steven Gerrard on Real Madrid link, (21st October 2014): http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/watch-liverpool-fcs-steven-gerrard-7975302
- Two European Cup finals in three years — not bad for a little club.
- I have had a couple of options through my career to go to Real Madrid but I resisted temptation because of the feeling I had for my hometown club. It might be something I regret down the line for not challenging myself and experiencing another country but I would have had an even bigger regret leaving Liverpool. I had a great admiration for Madrid but for me Liverpool is my No 1 club.
- About why he turned down several offers to move to Real Madrid within his career
- "Steven Gerrard had chances to join Real Madrid but loved Liverpool too much to leave", inside World Soccer (22 October 2014)
Gerrard produced his shocking revelation tonight on BT Sport’s Clare Balding Show, explaining: “I had a letter off them, wanting to sign me on a seven-year deal when I was 13 years of age. Then he tried to sign me again in early 2002/2003. I obviously refused*. Steven Gerrard on Alex Ferguson, (29th November 2013): http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/steven-gerrard-sir-alex-ferguson-2866402
'Gary Neville said Alex Fergusin wanted me. But you understand that playing for Manchester United would have been impossible. I never would have wanted to play for Manchester United. They are a fantastic club but that rivalry is there, and it’s why Gary could not have played for us either. 'Don’t get me wrong. It was flattering that, after everything he has done in the game, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted me to play in his team. But that was an impossible situation." Steven Gerrard on Manchester United and Alex Ferguson tried signing him, (1st September 2012) (. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2196614/Steven-Gerrard-exclusive-Manchester-United-wanted-Real-Madrid-Im-Liverpool-life.html
Speaking in extracts from his new autobiography Steven Gerrard – My Story that is being serialised in the Daily Mail, Gerrard said: “My agent, Struan Marshall, told me that, under Fergie, United had a decent pop at trying to sign me. Gary Neville would knock at my door during England camps. He’d come in for a chat and let me know how much United would love me to play for them. Gary told me Fergie had sent him.” Steven Gerrard on Alex Ferguson, (11th September 2015): http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/steven-gerrard-liverpool-fc-gary-10039214
About Steven Gerrard
Jamie Carragher asks Frank Lampard who's his toughest opponent and Lampard replies: "Steven Gerrard, domestically. He had everything. He'd deal with you defensively and hurt you going forward. In Europe it was Andres Iniesta and Xavi. As a combination, you couldn't get the ball off them." Frank Lampard on Steven Gerrard (27th Jaunuary 2017): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4164114/JAMIE-CARRAGHER-INTERVIEWS-CHELSEA-HERO-FRANK-LAMPARD.html
"I was glad that the Chelsea fans applauded Gerrard. It was just for a few seconds, but it did show that as fans we can look beyond our club rivalries when necessary. I don’t think it ever happened to me. Maybe when I got substituted at my testimonial! As a season-ticket holder in the Stretford End, I would have applauded Steven off the pitch – albeit just the once. There would have been a few in the seats around me who would object. But just as many who would have done the same." Paul Scholes on Steven Gerrard's final game at Stamford Bridge (14th May 2015): http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/paul-scholes-i-hope-that-manchester-united-fans-would-have-applauded-steven-gerrard-too-10251278.html
"'It's difficult for me, as a United fan, to say it's a pity that Gerrard has never won the league. It is easier to say he deserves to have a league winners' medal,' Paul Scholes on Steven Gerrard (3rd January 2015): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2895340/Paul-Scholes-time-Steven-Gerrard-leave-Liverpool-gone-Chelsea-2005-Champions-League-win-deserves-league-title.html
"I have played alongside some of the greatest footballers of my generation, but there is only one ex-team-mate I would rate higher than Steven Gerrard. The biggest compliment I can give him is he is second only to Zinedine Zidane in terms of his world-class status." Michael Owen on Steven Gerrard (14th February 2014): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/liverpool/10639711/The-biggest-compliment-I-can-pay-Liverpools-Steven-Gerrard-is-to-rate-him-second-only-to-Zinedine-Zidane.html
""Cristiano is a great player. But Steven Gerrard is, for me, one of the very best in the world. For the job he performs, for me, he is one of the greatest." Ronaldhinho on Steven Gerrard (February 2007): http://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ronaldinho-gerrard-better-man-utds-ronaldo-134399
"I would say he is the hardest player to play against in midfield because he's got everything. He is a very complete midfield player. He's the stand-out one in England. Maybe when we play Arsenal and they are sometimes on top form, you could pick one of their players but Gerrard is the main one for me. Stevie is one of the best players in the England team and probably in the world to be honest, so it's always nice to play with great players and against them as well." Frank Lampard on Steven Gerrard (4th October 2009): http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/frank-lampard-liverpool-are-toughest-and-steven-1671490
"He was a fantastic player who had the qualities that every midfielder dreams of. He scored goals, he could pass. He had commitment and motivation." Arsene Wenger on Steven Gerrard (25th November 2015): http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/arsenal-boss-arsene-wenger-admits-12230744
“Steven Gerrard is for sure one of my favourite enemies and for sure my dear enemy, the one who made me a better manager. To stop him or try to stop him has been very, very difficult. I lost against him, I won, I drew, I was happy. I am very sad it’s the last day against him. He’s had an amazing career with his (own) people. He refused to play in other big clubs, other big leagues to play only for Liverpool and this is a feeling that stays together." Jose Mourinho on Steven Gerrard (8th May 2015): http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/jose-mourinho-admits-tried-sign-5661847
“We beat Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield and Raul came up and asked if he’d go to Real Madrid in that summer, so that is how strong the feeling was from Real Madrid – the actual captain asking if he’d sign! We used get that type of thing plenty of times!" Liverpool FC Jamie Carragher on Steven Gerrard, (24th November 2016): http://talksport.com/football/steven-gerrard-retires-football-real-madrid-legend-raul-tried-bring-liverpool-legend
"Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly a world class player and I wish he'd played for United. I went on a tapping-up mission at Euro 2004 when I knew Chelsea were trying to take advantage of Liverpool being in turmoil. 'Come play for United,’ I said one day to Steven when we were in the hotel. 'The fans will take to you in no time.' He just laughed, and said: 'I’ll do it if you go to Anfield.'" Manchester United FC legend Gary Neville on tapping up Steven Gerrard. Quote from Gary Neville's Autobiography RED. (August 2011) Read more at http://talksport.com/magazine/features/2011-08-28/gary-nevilles-autiobiography-10-quotes#tmDtvFluPRFuCxy8.99
- "I had the chance to play with so many great players and saw so many in this league. Alongside Paul Scholes, he is the player I would have like to have played with. He could do anything well, whether it was a nice tackle or assist, everything was done well. The quality that he had was at the time, especially in Europe, underrated. He was just an amazing player."
- Thierry Henry on Steven Gerrard (24th November 2016)
- "What makes him so good? Well, there is nothing he can't do. He is clever. He sees the game quicker than anyone else. He sees the picture. He can play the ball first time round corners that aren't even there. He has got intelligence. He has got physical attributes. He can bomb past people. He is quick. He is a proper, powerful athlete. Give him a header, he will score. He can play in behind the front man. He can get the ball off the back four and control the game from the quarterback position. He is just an immense all-round footballer. I have never seen anyone put it all together like him, never seen someone with so many qualities. I have played with a lot of talented players, but he was better than any of them."
- Craig Bellamy wrote in his autobiography about Steven Gerrard: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/mar/13/steven-gerrard-liverpool
- I find it a disgrace that he didn’t win European Footballer of the Year in 2005 after Istanbul. For me, he is one of the best ever. Whenever you play Liverpool you know you have to get him out of the game. If not, it’s all over for you. “He’s a midfielder and if you look at all the important goals he’s scored - well I can’t even think of a striker in the world who has scored as many important goals, never mind a midfielder. How many times has he done it in the dying seconds of a game? I am trying to think of a striker now who does it - there aren’t any. Think about it.
- For me, and I have always said this, he will be regarded as one of the greatest midfielders ever when he finishes his career. No doubt.
- Kaka Quoted in Kaka:Steven Gerrard has The Heart Of a Lion Goal, 12 November 2009
- Yes of course [Gerrard’s one of the best I’ve faced]. For long periods when Liverpool were in trouble, everyone looked to Gerrard and nine out of 10 times he did it. He’s a huge player and what I liked is that he’s shown great loyalty through his whole career to play for Liverpool. It’s very difficult to see how because he had the calibre to play for any big club but he stayed loyal and I have big respect for that. When you look at his qualities it’s hard to see what he didn’t have in the locker. He’s quick, a good passer, good technique, could score goals, a dream midfielder. He had every single quality needed for midfield.
- Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal (Quoted in Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard the complete midfielder, Daily Express, 2 April 2015
- I'd put him in the top three, not just in England but in the world because he's a complete player. Would I have liked to play alongside him?" I think anyone would love to play with players of that calibre. He's a terrific player; he's a match-winner, so I think he's a player any club in the world would want. Gerrard is a complete player because he can play in every position and can do everything with a football at any time in a game. He's a player who scores goals, who builds the play, he's a sensational player."
- Francesco Totti, on Steven Gerrard, (17th May 2015): http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/185397-totti-steven-s-been-the-complete-player
- "I still remember his face [in Istanbul] and the pain he was in from cramp but he was still going around tackling everybody. He put everything into it. For you guys, he was an example for all the others. I think Steven has been and is an absolutely complete player, because he had personality, technique, he could set the play and also defend, and he could score goals - penalty-kicks, free-kicks. So really a modern, complete player. I have a very clear memory of the final we lost in Istanbul, when he was helping his teammates with difficulties in defence. He started playing at the back and tackled every single player of Milan. But I must say that what probably made the difference was his example for all his teammates."
- Paolo Maldini on Steven Gerrard, (22nd May 2015): http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/185608-maldini-steven-is-similar-to-baresi
- In an interview with Gazzetta TV. “I have an incredible admiration [for Gerrard]. When I was at Milan we tried signing him, but it was not possible."
- Carlo Ancelotti on Steven Gerrard, (13th March 2015). http://www.football-italia.net/63816/ancelotti-%E2%80%98admired-gerrard-hugely%E2%80%99
- "The best midfielder I would say is Steven Gerrard. I really rate him as a player and as a man."
- Patrick Vieira on Steven Gerrard, (14th October 2008): http://www.goal.com/en/news/8/main/2008/10/14/911437/vieira-gerrard-is-best-midfielder
- "He's one of the players I would have loved to coach, and I thought about him so many times in the past when I was at Milan. But it was impossible because he was very much linked with Liverpool. We had sounded him out but Gerrard's bond with Liverpool was unbreakable. I don't remember exactly what year it was but we did try. Of course, I wanted to pair him up with Pirlo, it was a fantastic combination. Putting Gerrard in midfield with Pirlo. It would have been fantastic."
- Carlo Ancelotti on Steven Gerrard, (19th October 2014): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2798861/carlo-ancelotti-tried-sign-steven-gerrard-pair-andrea-pirlo.html
- "Obviously he's one of the best players in the world and I'd like to manage him one time in the future. If you can manage the best players, it's easier to win. I don't know him as a person. I think he's a good man. But the reason I would like to manage him is because I've managed a lot of fantastic players, and he's one of the best players. In Italy, when I played, there were players like [Giancarlo] Antognoni at Fiorentina, Rainer Bonhof in Germany. Today, Gerrard. Full stop. He can be a holding midfielder. He has fantastic shots, passes and skills. He is the complete midfielder."
- Carlo Ancelotti on Steven Gerrard, (6th November 2010): http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/ancelotti-would-like-to-coach-gerrard-the-complete-midfielder-2126597.html
- But speaking about Liverpool and speaking about honouring the champions, this is my time to honour a champion. It is my time to honour Steve Gerrard.It is with opponents like him that I am the manager that I am, because I learn with my players and I learn with my best opponents. I tried to bring him to Chelsea, I tried to bring him to Inter (Milan), I tried to bring him to Real Madrid but he was always a dear enemy."
- Lampard was asked, "Who was your best opponent in the Premier league, directly in midfield?" Lampard's answer: "Steven Gerrard. I think over the period of my career playing against Stevie [Gerrard] in those big games against Liverpool when he was on top of his game. You knew he was a force and we had great battles, I had a lot of respect for him as a player even though we had those rivalries. I think as you get older it is much easier to have a view on it rather than that view when you’re playing each other and you’re real rivals. I have to give Stevie complete respect for as a midfield player.”
- 'For me Gerrard can do everything and that's the reason I'd say he was the best of the three if I had to split them ahead of Scholes and Lampard in that order. They are all top professionals and each brought different attributes and strengths but Gerrard can tackle, defend, score goals, head it, make a telling precision pass, dictate the tempo and is a powerful runner. He has a bit more to his game."
- Bryan Robson, Manchester United Legend. (26th September 2013): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2433632/Bryan-Robson-says-Steven-Gerrard-better-Frank-Lampard-Paul-Scholes.html
- On a BBC documentary, Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney was asked who was the best player he played with for England. “I’d have to say Stevie [was the best]. For me he’s an incredible player, an incredible leader. He helped me a lot during my early days with England.”
- BBC Documentary, Rooney, The Man Behind The Goals. Wayne Rooney on Steven Gerrard, (6th October 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeQu51BtDgg#t=12m00s
- "For me, it's not about Gattuso against Gerrard, despite what he said. For me, Gerrard is the best player in England. He is a technical player, who plays very hard and with his heart. He is a legend for his club and the best player they've got. I have more respect for him because I remember that final in Istanbul. We had won it but then he played a great game and changed everything. I watched him against Chelsea on Tuesday and he was amazing, unbelievable. I still say I have respect for him and like the way he plays. I am looking forward to playing him again and looking him in the eye before it starts. This will be a very important game for us both.
- Gennaro Gattusso on Steven Gerrard, (4th May 2007): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/henrywinter/2312443/Gattuso-on-destiny-date-with-Gerrard.html
- “Gerrard will fit in with any club in the world. He’s one of the players in the world that have all what it takes to play for Real Madrid. I want to urge Gerrard to join Real Madrid. If you don’t play for Real Madrid you always feel that something is missing. There is nothing better than wearing Real Madrid’s jersey. This is a big opportunity for Gerrard. I’m not talking money wise, but victories wise. I’m sure that Gerrard has alot of respect towards Mourinho. Steven signing for Real Madrid will be perfect for him.”
- Kaka on Steven Gerrard, (August 2010)
- Kaka wants AC Milan to sign Steven Gerrard, despite the England midfielder recently agreeing a new contract with Liverpool. The Brazilian said: ‘The time has arrived to re-energise a group which has many players at the end of their contracts. Gerrard is a complete player and can play anywhere. I could see him fitting in really well at Milan."
- Kaka on Steven Gerrard, (16th April 2009): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1170337/Kaka-urges-AC-Milan-chiefs-bring-complete-player-Gerrard-San-Siro.html
- Asked who was the toughest English opponent he had faced over the years, Pirlo said, “That night in Istanbul, Liverpool’s fight back was centralized on Steven Gerrard. He was their leader, their star player, their man who made it happen. Carlo tried to sign Gerrard for Milan so we could play together, but he had no interest in leaving Liverpool,” Pirlo, 36, told ShortList magazine. “We could have played together, but now in MLS we will be playing against each other, and I will look forward to that"
- Andrea Pirlo On Steven Gerrard, (11th August 2015): http://nesn.com/2015/08/andrea-pirlo-hails-steven-gerrard-as-his-toughest-english-opponent/
- “I have said in the past that at his peak he was the best in the world. I think it was the summer of 2004 I was having a conversation with Florentino (Perez) and I told him I wanted him to partner me in midfield for Madrid. I know the club tried twice but he wouldn’t leave Liverpool. Not many players turn down Real Madrid but I think that tells you a lot about the loyalty of the man.”
- Zinedine Zidane on Steven Gerrard, (3rd January 2015): http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/zinedine-zidane-wanted-steven-gerrard-8378457
- "Alex Ferguson is obviously one of the most successful coaches the game has ever had. But I did find his comments about Steven Gerrard very strange. To say he is not a top player is wrong. For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. Even now he is playing at a high level for Liverpool and England."
- Zinedine Zidane on Steven Gerrard, (23rd of October 2013): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2477801/Zinedine-Zidane-rubbishes-Sir-Alex-Fergusons-Steven-Gerrard-criticism.html
- ‘He is physically and technically precocious. He’s got a good engine and remarkable energy. He reads the game and he passes quickly. I would hate to think Liverpool have someone as good as Roy Keane."
- Alex Ferguson on Steven Gerrard, (December 17th 2000): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2473158/Sir-Alex-Ferguson-Steven-Gerrard--stats-prove-Fergie-wrong.html
- "He's a player that I really thought a lot of, I had a lot of time for him and rated him. I can't say that about everyone," Zidane told LFCTV. "Why did I like him so much? Perhaps there was something about him that reminded me a little bit of myself. He made a lot of noise out there on the field but was quiet off it, meaning that he was someone down to earth and grounded away from the game who just said what needed to be said. He preferred to do his talking on the field, using his voice, his combative spirit and above all his ability on the ball that could make the difference in a game. I would have really liked to have played alongside him. But he has always remained loyal to his own club, Liverpool, the club of his heart. That also is another characteristic that is particular to him, I don't think there are too many players who have spent their entire career playing for just one club. That is a great strength of his too. It was never possible, because of course he stayed with Liverpool, but I would have loved to play with a guy like him. It's simply that he's one of the few players, and I must come back to his combative spirit here, who is a superb technician, who is great on the ball, but who mixed in those fighting qualities with everything he did."
- Zinedine Zidane on Steven Gerrard, (21st May 2015): http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/real-madrid-legend-zinedine-zidane-5733875
- When Kaka was questioned by British football magazine Four-Four-Two recently as to who he thought was the best player in the world. "That’s a difficult question," he replied. "If I had to choose three, I would pick Cristiano Ronaldo, because of his skill and speed; Messi, because of his flair and skills; and Steven Gerrard, who for me is the complete modern player."
- Kaka on Steven Gerrard: (31st March 2009): http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/english-football/2009/03/31/1184703/milan-star-kaka-hails-liverpool-icon-steven-gerrard
- "The fans, they look only for forwards, always a forward," Pele told Sky Sports News. "Somebody who scores. "Sometimes you have a player like Gerrard. "For me, for the last five years Gerrard has been the best player in the world. "He is a midfielder, he plays very good. People didn't mention Gerrard, now they mention Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Messi because they are forwards."
- ‘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. ‘Two years ago I saw Gerrard play and then I saw him in Tokyo in a game against Sao Paulo. I said then that Gerrard is a great player. To me he is one of the best midfielders in the world. He is an excellent player.’
- ‘He has had a great career winning many things - but it would be a big shame for him if he was never to win the league with Liverpool’. ‘For everything that he has given - he deserves a league title.’ ‘I don't think that is any secret that Real Madrid and Chelsea had big interest in him and that is just the teams the media knew about. ‘He could have played for any team in Europe - but he turned them down. That sort of loyalty should be rewarded with a title.’ ‘England have probably produced the two best midfield players of the last 20 years in Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes,’ ‘There was a point when Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. It is unusual to get complete midfield players who can do everything, but that is what he was. ‘His legs are not going to be what they were five or six years ago - but his presence and leadership are invaluable for Liverpool.’
- He is, in my opinion, the best midfielder in the world, and has a track record for delivering on the big occasions.
- He has become the most influential player in England, bar none. Not that Vieira lacks anything, but Gerrard does more.
- "Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, Lionel Messi or Xavi from Barcelona deserved the award more. "Ronaldo is only focused on finishing in front of goal. "I love Gerrard's qualities as a player and a leader. Technically and tactically he is the best. His passion is enormous, he means as much for a great team as George Best. "He is a player who fans can identify themselves with and a man who carries the love for his club on his club badge. There is not another player in the world who combines all those qualities. I like him so much more than Ronaldo."
- Guus Hiddink on Steven Gerrard's Ballon D'or claim, (Source)
- He is undoubtedly one of the best midfield players in the world. Any top club would want him in their side.
- “Steven Gerrard would be the captain of my World XI dream team.”
- “He’s been a reference to all his team-mates throughout the years and is now in history for such a brilliant career at his club for all his life.”
- "His story is one of those stories to be told, one of those fairytales - just like it happened to me - to be narrated to your children and grandchildren."
- “He’ll absolutely be remembered as one of the greats; for me, he is already one of them. There are so many things [that are good about Steven Gerrard]. He is so inspirational. In the key moments he has that difference – a spark that is difficult to define.”
- “But speaking about Liverpool and speaking about honouring the champions, this is my time to honour a champion. It is my time to honour Steve Gerrard. It is with opponents like him that I am the manager that I am, because I learn with my players and I learn with my best opponents. I learn with my players’ problems, my players’ doubts, my players’ qualities and I learn with my best opponent, with the problems they give me – the way they make me think, the way they make me analyse them and studying the best way to play against them. Steven Gerrard is for sure one of my favourite enemies – an enemy with all the good feeling I can express with that word in football. For sure, in England he is my dear enemy. For sure, he is the one that made me a better manager. To stop him or try and stop him has been very, very difficult. I tried to bring him to Chelsea, I tried to bring him to Inter, I tried to bring him to Real Madrid but he was always a dear enemy,” he said “I want to honour him and I hope Stamford Bridge has the same feeling as I have, which is we need people like him as our opponents.”
- We are preparing a special weightlifting plan for Gerrard's shoulders because we want him to lift a lot of trophies for us in the next few years.
- Steven Gerrard was awesome today. We were just laughing in the dressing room that at one stage we thought he was heading his own crosses in.
- Is he the best in the world? He might not get the attention of (Lionel) Messi and Ronaldo but yes, I think he just might be.If you don't have a player like Steven Gerrard, who is the engine room, it can affect the whole team.When we were winning league titles and European Cups at Real, I always said Claude Makelele was our most important player. There is no way myself, (Luis) Figo or Raul would have been able to do what we did without Claude and the same goes for Liverpool and Gerrard. He has great passing ability, can tackle and scores goals, but most importantly he gives the players around him confidence and belief. You can't learn that -- players like him are just born with that presence.
- 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.
- Kaka on Steven Gerrard, (May 2006)
- If you were looking for the player you would replace Keane with, it would be Gerrard, without question. He has become the most influential player in England, bar none. More than Vieira. Not that Vieira lacks anything, but I think that Gerrard does more for his team than Vieira does, and has way more to his game. I've watched him quite a lot. To me, Gerrard is Keane. Everywhere the ball is, he seems to be there. He's got that unbelievable engine, desire, determination. Anyone would love to have Gerrard in their team.
- Alex Ferguson, (May 2004) (Source)
- England have always had individually strong players and I am a huge fan of Stevie Gerrard, He has the heart of a lion and is the icon of the modern footballer with his ability to attack and defend so well."
- Kaka on Steven Gerrard, Nov 2009 (Source)
- Gerrard is the best player I've ever played with"
- Luis Suarez on Steven Gerrard, (March 2014) (Source)
- 'He is without doubt the greatest player I have ever played with, he has everything. At Liverpool, he is irreplaceable. Every big club has a standard bearer, a home-grown talent, someone with a lifelong commitment to the cause. People come and go but he’s always there. It’s him and 10 others. He’s everything to the side. That’s Steven Gerrard at Liverpool. I can’t even begin to imagine the place without him.'
- Fernando Torres on Steven Gerrard, Sep 2009 (Source)
- I had really not seen much of him before this season, apart from for England, but wow. I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo. Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything. It's going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future.
- Mario Balotelli on Steven Gerrard,(Source) (October 2014)
- In my own position, I was crazy about [Steven] Gerrard. I remember in the Champions League final comeback by Liverpool against AC Milan, you saw him up front, on the wings, and a moment later he was back, marking the playmaker, I have never seen such a complete midfielder."
- Claudio Marchisio, (November 2011) (Source) (May 2011)
- I couldn't vote for Thierry Henry as the Player of the Year because you can't vote for your own team-mates, reveals Vieira. So I voted for Gerrard. In my opinion he's in the top three midfielders in the world, maybe the best right now."I heard what Alex Ferguson said about him being better than me. He's probably right. Gerrard is England's best player and he single-handedly got Liverpool into the Champions League. He is the complete player. He can score, he has a great final ball, he can tackle and he drives his team forward. He is a winner on the pitch, which is why I really admire him.
- When people talk about the best footballers in Europe, they always single out Messi, and Ronaldo, but Gerrard is just as strong, Messi and Ronaldo are special talents and the fact that they are in teams winning the important trophies means they stand out from the rest. Maybe you need to win something to earn the big awards, I don't know, but we all understand how good Gerrard is. "I'm spoilt having a team-mate like Gerrard as I can count on him supplying me with perfect passes. You make the run into the space and however tightly marked he is, he finds a way to get the ball through in perfect condition. "The highest compliment I can pay him is that he's as creative as a Xavi at Barcelona, with something extra as well. When you add his energy, toughness, leadership and goal scoring ability and the result is a fantastic all-round player. "Maybe I am biased because he is my team-mate and friend, but Stevie does not get the credit he deserves either in England or with European fans. This can change in 2010 when he has a chance to confirm his class with Liverpool and in the World Cup.
- Gerrard has been my idol for 10 years and is one of the best players in the world. He is the example of what all midfield players aspire to. He is always there in the heat of the battle, leading by example. He is everywhere you look - in defence, in the middle of the pitch and in attack. I would love to be close to that level.