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"A machine": Fabregas names Steven Gerrard as his best opponent

Liverpool have boasted some colossal midfielders over the years, Kopites have always had a soft spot for a player who dominates the middle of the park with their work rate and determination to win every 50/50. Liverpool’s best ever midfielder has come in for some praise with Cesc Fabregas naming Steven Gerrard as his best opponent.

Cesc Fabregas has named Steven Gerrard as the best player he ever played against. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Gerrard enjoyed a long and sometimes illustrious career at Anfield; the local hero’s greatest moment was undeniably lifting the Champions League trophy in extraordinary circumstances in 2005.

Cesc Fabregas enjoyed spells with Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea before joining Monaco where he is currently winding down his career.

Speaking to the MOTD Top 10 podcast, Cesc Fabregas named Steven Gerrard as the best player he played against, telling the show:

“If I have to say one – and I really enjoyed playing against – I would say Steven Gerrard.

“He was physically the most difficult opponent to handle. He was the box-to-box player, he could be on his right or left, shooting from the outside of his boot. He was a machine.”

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What RTK has to say

He’s got a sensible head on his shoulders has R Cesc.

It will be a long time until we see another player as well rounded as Steven Gerrard. The Scouser had it all and that made him a nightmare to play against.

It speaks volumes that Fabregas chose Gerrard, not Frank Lampard or Paul Scholes. Whilst Lampard and Scholes were world class midfielders you would never want them in the middle by themselves if you were down to 10, you’d always choose Stevie.

Lampard and Scholes could pick a pass and score a goal but could they play the opposition midfield off the park with their physicality and running? Not a chance.

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