Chelsea and Manchester City fans are furious with Steven Gerrard for saying Mohamed Salah is the best African player in Premier League history.
Salah has broken all kinds of records for Liverpool this season, registering 32 goals in all competitions, with 24 of those coming in the league.
The Egyptian has formed a remarkable relationship with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane since signing from Roma last summer.
While taking quick-fire questions on BT Sport, Gerrard responded “yes, probably” when asked if Salah was now the greatest African to ever play in the Premier League, prompting outrage from Chelsea and City fans on social media.
Chelsea fans are of course referring to two former superstars, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba, both of which won multiple trophies for the Blues.
Drogba in particular deserves shouts to be the Premier League’s greatest African player, netting 100 Premier League goals in 226 league appearance at Chelsea. He won four league titles, four FA Cups, and one Champions League.
City fans are also unhappy due to the exclusion of Yaya Toure, who was nothing short of sensational in their 2013/14 title win. He bagged 20 goals and ten assists that season, and just generally looked like a man playing against a bunch of children in the prime of his career.
We think Gerrard may have a different answer if given more time to think about it, but Chelsea and City fans are not letting him off that lightly. Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Yaya Toure is the best African player to play in the Premier League, don’t listen to Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen.
— Scammy Abraham (@Nigerianscamsss) March 7, 2018
Gerrard calling Salah the best African player to have played in the prem is ludicrous, he’s had 2/3s of a season, he’s not even in the same breath as Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure
— Dave Harris (@DaveHarris_44) March 8, 2018
Is it because Drogba won the title(4x) that Gerrard never could? https://t.co/q20POiEPeV
— Zito (@_Zeets) March 8, 2018
I guess Gerrard forgot about playing against Drogba, Yaya Toure, and Essien. Years of dominance in their position, not 7 months. https://t.co/efllDBYePn
— L.A.D.S. (@LADS_Podcast) March 8, 2018
Drogba legit haunted Gerrard on several occasions while he's was being bossed by Essien in 70% of their match-ups. Man has a terribly short memory. https://t.co/2wLFQzPmH8
— Daniel (@HeirToJT) March 7, 2018
Steven Gerrard actually said Salah is the greatest African to ever play in the Premier League?
What a disrespect to legends like Drogba, Yaya and even Kolo who had great seasons and won several trophies in the Premier League
— BRIGHT (@btatenda1) March 8, 2018
Salah has only played 3/4 of a season and Gerrard and Owen are crowning him best African to play in Prem. Serious disrespect to the Yaya’s of this world
— TY (@Theycallmetobi) March 8, 2018