Michael Owen has hailed the form of his former team-mate Steven Gerrard and believes that after Zinedine Zidane, the Liverpool captain is the most talented player he has ever played with.
Gerrard has played a starring role in Liverpool’s run that has seen them move into fourth spot but also become serious title contenders.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Gerrard’s ability to adapt to a slightly deeper midfield role has been crucial to their rich vein of form and former Reds forward Owen has said that Gerrard is second only to the Frenchman in terms of quality.
“I have played alongside some of the greatest footballers of my generation, but there is only one ex-team-mate I would rate higher than Steven Gerrard,” he wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.
“The biggest compliment I can give him is he is second only to Zinedine Zidane in terms of his world-class status. Since the first time I saw Stevie play, as an 11-year-old in the Liverpool youth ranks, it has been obvious how much ability he possessed to become the complete, modern footballer.
“As he evolves his game in the latter years of his career for club and country, it is no surprise he is continuing to excel.
“His new role at Liverpool as a deep midfielder is a position he can play blindfolded. It is the easiest position on the pitch and, if anything, the only obstacle to success is psychological.”