French footballing legend Zinedine Zidane says that Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard “deserves” to win the Premier League title with this season for his loyalty and contribution to the game in recent history.
The Reds skipper has been enjoying somewhat of a renaissance over the course of the past few months since being transformed into a deep-lying playmaker by Brendan Rodgers.
Although he has long been famed for his driving runs and solo efforts, Gerrard has been just as influential from in front of his own backline during the Merseysiders’ ten-game winning streak which has seen them build a two point advantage at the top of the table with just four games to go.
The 33-year-old has enjoyed a fine career which has included numerous domestic and European trophies, but the title has always been just out of reach for the one-club man.
Zidane, arguably one of the very best players to ever play the game, hailed Gerrard‘s loyalty to his boyhood club and said that he believes he has earned the right to lift the trophy:
“He has had a great career winning many things – but it would be a big shame for him if he was never to win the league with Liverpool,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“For everything that he has given – he deserves a league title.
“I don’t think that is any secret that Real Madrid and Chelsea had big interest in him and that is just the teams the media knew about.
“He could have played for any team in Europe – but he turned them down. That sort of loyalty should be rewarded with a title.
“There was a point when Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. It is unusual to get complete midfield players who can do everything, but that is what he was.
“His legs are not going to be what they were five or six years ago – but his presence and leadership are invaluable for Liverpool.”
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