‘Steven Gerrard Could Be Liverpool’s Best-Ever’ – King Kenny Bigs Up His Captain

Alan Duffy

13th, January 2012


By Alan Duffy

Fresh from signing a contract extension with his one and only club, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has found himself on the end of some lovely praise from his manager.

Kenny Dalglish has claimed that the 31-year-old Gerrard, recently returned from a long-term injury, could play on for another seven years and may go on to be considered the greatest player ever to wear a Liverpool shirt.

“Giggs is 38, isn’t he?, ” said the Liverpool boss when quizzed about how long Gerrard can keep playing. “That’s seven years down the line – that’s a long time to predict – but if he’s fit there’s no reason why not.”

“I’ve not got a crystal ball. I’m just delighted he’s done what he’s done and we have got him here.”

“I wouldn’t disagree he has certainly made a huge contribution to the club but he wouldn’t be far away from being mentioned as the best player,” he continued. “It is not just what he does in and around the first team it is what he stands for the football club as well – which is more important.”

“His standing within the community is fantastic and the way he does other work happily is a great testimony to himself as well.”

Gerrard’s return to action will be vital to the Reds’ battle for a Champions League place. With Lucas Leiva out for the season and Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing both failing to blossom at Anfield, Gerrard’s drive and creativity from midfield will be all-important.

As for Gerrard on possibly being Liverpool’s best-ever player. Does he really rank above the likes of Dalglish, Ian Rush, Kevin Keegan, Emlyn Hughes, Billy Liddell and Istvan Kozma*?


* That last name was added as a purely ironic device and should not be taken seriously. This notice comes after the gross misunderstanding on the part of many, many readers over my, again, ironic description of the Liverpool fans abusing Samir Nasri as having “thick Scouse accents”. Thank you for reading.

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  1. Redskywalker says:

    “Giggs is 38, isn’t he?, ” said the Liverpool boss when quizzed about how long Gerrard can keep playing. “That’s seven years down the line..”

    38 – 32 = 6

    ?? Cmon Kenny its not that hard

  2. Inno says:

    Ah Istvan Kozma… the prime example of what went wrong at Anfield post-Dalglish-the-first-time

  3. Alan Duffy says:

    @Redskywalker – actually, aim your wrath in my direction, not Kenny’s. Apparently Stevie G is just 31. Have amended!

  4. Rob says:

    Dalglish was my hero as a kid so I’m biased, but Gerrard is a very close second.

  5. Redskywalker says:

    Lol Sorry Alan, Im Mr. Pedantic today, my 2nd correction.

    Apologies for being an arse

  6. DJ says:

    I think even deep down Kenny knows Gerrard is no-where near himself in terms of Anfield greatness.

  7. Alan Duffy says:

    @Redskywalker Don’t apologise – you engage in high-class pedantry, which is much needed in these sloppy times!

  8. Jonkops says:

    Gerrard is a true legend of the game. He has shown great loyalty to Liverpool. If they don’t win the league title before his retirement it would be quite sad as he deserves at least one.

    AVFC Forever

  9. The Belgian says:

    @alan duffy @redskywalker
    this “battle” of pedantry is most courteous. perfect internetgentlemen art thou, kudos to the both of you!

  10. The Belgian says:

    self-pedantry: art ‘thee’, please pardon my stupidity, I have engaged in a few social alcohol-consuming venues this evening

  11. Mr. Sparkle says:

    Dalglish only said that Gerrard was the best, since it would look a tad big headed if he told everyone who actually is the best player to ever sport the Red of Merseyside.

    I mean Dalglish actually won trophies with Liverpool, the European League (3 Times as a player), League Titles (6 times as player and 3 times as a player manager), FA Cup (1 time as a player and twice as a player-manager). Compare that to one Champions League, One UEFA CUP, Two FA Cups; well I think you know where I’m going with this one.

  12. Eamo says:

    @mr.sparkle dalglish had the players around him though Steven gerrard carried Liverpool in 2005 and 2006 fa cup. Saying that dalglish is still better

  13. McRillen says:

    Istvan Kozma actually had a thick hungarian accent

  14. C says:

    To each his own. I will forever hail McManaman as the greatest liverpool player ever.

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