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.”
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.