Steven Gerrard has stated that former Red Fabio Aurelio was a “top player”.

Former Reds boss Rafa Benitez signed Aurelio from Valencia on a free transfer back in 2006.

Gerrard sat down with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville recently, and they were both watching the replay of Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over the Red Devils back in 2009.

Aurelio scored a free-kick that day for Liverpool.

After watching Aurelio’s goal on replay, Gerrard told Neville the following on the television show called Soccerbox, which was broadcasted on Optus Sport (27:30): “He was a top player Aurelio was. Obviously struggled massively with his body, but he was high level.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool leaves the pitch injured in the first half and is replaced by Fabio Aurelio during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool and Lyon at Anfield on October 20, 2009 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

Aurelio played at left-back for the Reds. He played 134 games for Liverpool. He also scored four goals and registered 16 assists during his time at the club.

The aforementioned numbers do suggest that Aurelio was a solid player. But, as Gerrard has stated, the left-back really did struggle with his body.

Aurelio had six injuries during his time at the club, which would have made it difficult for him to get any continuity in his game.

Perhaps Aurelio could have gone to another level at Liverpool had he been injury-free. Gerrard’s comments certainly do suggest that Aurelio had more to give, but it was not meant to be.

Aurelio departed Liverpool in 2012 for Brazilian club Gremio.

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