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Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Liverpool FC legend Graeme Souness hails Steven Gerrard as England's most influential player of last decade
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates in front of the fans after scoring his side's first goal
LIVERPOOL FC legend Graeme Souness has hailed England’s imminent centurion, Steven Gerrard, as his country’s most influential player of the last decade.
And the midfield maestro who helped bring 15 trophies to Anfield – including three European Cups – believes Gerrard would walk into any Liverpool line-up in the club’s history.
“He would get in any team that Liverpool have had that I know of,” said Souness.
“He certainly would have got in the team when we played, when we were dominating the game.
“For the best part of 10 years, he has been Mr Liverpool, he has carried a team through some sticky points.
“From a European Cup final in Istanbul to games where they have been drifting, where the game has maybe been going away from them, he has done something magical, scored a goal or created something.
“He has been the outstanding performer at Liverpool in the last 10 years by a country mile.”
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool FC
Steven Gerrard's Liverpool FC career in pictures
But it’s not just for Liverpool that Gerrard has exerted an enormous influence.
Souness also believes that Gerrard’s contribution for his country has been unmatched in the past decade.
Gerrard is set to become only the sixth player to reach 100 caps for the national team in tonight’s friendly against Sweden.
by David Prentice, Liverpool Echo
Nov 14 2012