West Ham captain Mark Noble believes Steven Gerrard narrowly edges out Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard when it comes to choosing which of the three midfielders were better.
Chelsea star Lampard scored way more goals than the other two while Manchester United’s Scholes was able to control games more easily, but Noble admits the former Reds’ star was a better ‘all-around’ player than the other two.
Liverpool‘s Gerrard did not have as many trophies to show for his efforts than the other two and ended his career without a Premier League title. Many, including Noble, believe his talismanic style of play is the deciding factor when it comes to choosing which one of the three is the best.
“Trust me when I say you only realise how good a player is when you play against them,” Noble said in a Q&A on West Ham’s Twitter account when asked to pick between the trio.
Trust me when I say you only realise how good a player is when you play against them
All 3 were top top players in their own right but all round player
Stevie G was the complete footballer https://t.co/6ts2kXXO9M
— West Ham United (@WestHam) March 25, 2020
“All three were top, top players in their own right but all-round player, Stevie G was the complete footballer.”
Noble also named Gerrard as the best player he’s come up against, while listing Carlos Tevez and Dimitri Payet as the best he’s played alongside.
Going against the grain, former Portugal international Deco believes Scholes should get the nod due to his unique style of play and ability to fit into any side.
“I played with and against so many fantastic players in midfield like Gerrard. I had the opportunity to play with Lampard together at Chelsea,” Deco said in 2016.
Gerrard played 504 Premier League games for Liverpool, scoring 121 goals and creating 70 assists.