Is Gerrard the best ever Premier League midfielder?

The 34-year-old has become a club legend during his time at Anfield, but will he go down as one of the best to have featured in England’s top flight?


Steven Gerrard has called time on his Liverpool career and will leave at the end of the season, but will he be remembered as the best midfielder to have graced the Premier League?

England’s top flight has been blessed with countless talents in the centre of the pitch since its inception in 1992, and Goal want to find out you think has been the best of the bunch.

The 34-year-old won multiple honours, including the Champions League, with the Anfield club but narrowly missed out on his first league title to Manchester City last season. Still, the captain was often the driving force behind the team and featured 695 times for the Reds.

Gerrard won 114 caps for England where he regularly slotted in alongside Frank Lampard, though the duo did not often strike up the right balance together. The former Chelsea midfielder is another candidate, though, having netted 211 goals to become the all-time highest scoring player in a trophy-laden spell at Stamford Bridge.

He has continued finding the net at Manchester City, where he currently plays on loan alongside Yaya Toure. The formidable Ivorian has had a slow start to this campaign but his powerful runs and unstoppable shots for the reigning Premier League champions may be enough to earn your vote.

Another option is the former Chelsea player Claude Makelele, who arrived in west London in 2003 and went on to define the holding-midfield role in England. He proved integral to Jose Mourinho’s back-to-back Premier League wins in 2005 and 2006.

The most competition’s most successful club, Manchester United, have had numerous influential players in the middle of the park, but perhaps none more so than the duo of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane.

The pair were mainstays in Sir Alex Ferguson’s irrepressible Red Devils that dominated the tournament through the 1990s and into the following decade, with 18 Premier League winners’ medals between them.

United’s superiority was mainly challenged by Arsenal as Arsene Wenger turned the Gunners into their main title rivals, with Patrick Vieira the heartbeat of a team that went a whole season unbeaten to win the league in 2003-04.

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