Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher thinks his team-mate Steven Gerrard is second only to Bobby Charlton in the list of England midfield greats.
Gerrard, whose season has been blighted by injury, scored a superb hat-trick in Tuesday’s Merseyside derby drubbing of Everton, the 3-0 victory ending a sequence of three successive Premier League defeats for Kenny Dalglish’s side.
It has been a strange season for the Reds who beat Cardiff City in last month’s Carling Cup Final and have reached the sixth round of the FA Cup but have struggled in the League and remain outsiders in the premier league betting to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Carragher said of Gerrard: “We all know he’s in the upper echelons when it comes to Liverpool players, with most having him either first or second behind Kenny Dalglish, but when you look at a list of the 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.”
Gerrard, who still believes Liverpool can qualify for next season’s Champions League even though the Reds are currently ten points of adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal with only ten games of the campaign remaining, has spent his entire career at Anfield.
He has scored 149 goals in 576 live football appearances for Liverpool in all competitions while his record in the Premier League is 89 goals in 400 matches.
Gerrard has won one Champions League, two FA Cups and three League Cups with Liverpool, and represented his country on 90 occasions, finding the net 19 times.