Not only has Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard made a lasting impression on the club, but it looks as if he has on the players too.
Former Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt has announced that his all-time favourite teammate is Steven Gerrard:
“I have been able to play with many big players at Liverpool. With Torres, Suarez, Alonso and Mascherano,” the ex-Dutch international star said. “”But in many ways, Gerrard has remained the most special player for me.” (Mirror).
This is not the first time a former Red has praised Gerrard. Former Liverpool strikers Luiz Suarez compared him to an “older brother”, while Fernando Torres said Gerrard made him a better player.
So what is it about the Liverpool captain that everyone loves?
His abilities on the offense
There’s a reason why Suarez named him the ‘pass master’.
The 39 year-old had exceptional skills when it came to providing long passes. It was like Gerrard knew when to make a play- whether that was from 40 yards or outside the box, he knew how to put in the cross.
It also didn’t hurt that he could nearly smash the ball into the back of the net from nay part of the pitch.
His natural leadership skills
It probably depends on your age, I think the face of Liverpool is Steven Gerrard.
There are only so many players left today who would dedicate themselves to one team. As Gerrard spent nearly thirty years at our club, it’s no wonder he became the heart of the squad. With him on the pitch, he provided his teammates with a sense of professionalism and comfort.
Kuyt had commented on the former Liverpool captain abilities recently, adding how : “Everyone was drawn to him and so [was] I.” (Mirror)
His team partnerships made other players better
Suarez and Torres may have left Liverpool to ‘go on to better things’, but they wouldn’t have been able to do that without Gerrard supporting him. Without his thorough balls, they would have not scored as many as they believe. Gerrard was the backbone for all these strikers.
At the end of the day, this just shows how Gerrard is one of a kind.