Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has revealed that he would often measure his development by whether or not he could hold his own against Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane, the Daily Mail reports.
In an interview with former England teammate Rio Ferdinand, Gerrard stated that his internal analysis was centred around his performances against Vieira and Keane which would give him the confidence to challenge other midfielders across Europe.
After admitting that he’d been outclassed on a number of occasions by the legendary midfield duo, Gerrard acknowledged that he could later compete with them and have a more positive outlook on his performance.
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“Domestically I was always striving to be in the same league as Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira and there were times when they’ve walked all over me,” Gerrard was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
“But there’s also been times when I’ve come off the pitch and thought I’ve just mixed with two of the best midfielders in the world.”
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Gerrard certainly proved his worth as a Premier League midfielder throughout his career, but his still falls short of matching our Invincible captain.
It was only when Vieira departed that his previous presence was acknowledged, such was his dominant nature and ability to suffocate the opposition.
As talented as Gerrard was, no midfielder in Premier League history comes close to Vieira.