Former Red Michael Owen believes that Steven Gerrard was a better footballer in comparison to Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard.

The debate between who the better midfielder was out of the three has been one that has gone on for a good decade. Everyone seems to have a different opinion.

However, Owen believes that Gerrard was on a completely different level to the others, which saw him stand up when his team needed him most.

Owen told The Greatest Game: “If you watch Scholesy in training, your tongue is hanging out. He can give you the eyes, you can think he’s heading it that way and he’ll almost do a reverse spinner off the other side of his head. He can drop a ball on a sixpence. He is just total and utter genius.

“But there’s that and there’s the actual practicalities of playing on a big pitch where you need size, strength, substance, running ability, all these things.

“And if you play one v one, you against you, Stevie against any of the names that you’ve mentioned, I think he would eat them for dinner.

“Someone like Scholesy obviously had different attributes. I mean, unbelievable, the way he changed his game from being a bombing midfielder to a quarterback. Total genius.

“Frank Lampard, who can question his goalscoring and how he got every ounce out of his ability?

“But to me, Stevie’s on a different level than anything I’ve seen or played with and as you’ve said, I’m not blowing smoke up my ****, I’ve played with some great Man United players, Liverpool players, Real Madrid, England.”

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th, 2005: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard lifts the European Cup after beating AC Milan on penalties during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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I don’t think we will ever come to a conclusion on this debate. Everyone seems to have a different opinion, however, I agree with Owen on this particular topic.

Gerrard never had the luxury of playing in a consistent Premier League title-winning side. Scholes and Lampard did.

There is no denying that when you are surrounded by players who are at a world-class level, as Scholes and Lampard were, you are going to naturally play to a higher standard.

They were all great players in their own right, but Gerrard just had something about him.

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  1. paul R

    The stats don’t lie. Lampard out performed Stevie G in all aspects of the game except yellow and red cards 😉


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