Zidane : I wanted Gerrard to partner me in midfield for Madrid

shashi / 04 January 2015

Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of the best players of his generation. When Gerrard announced his decision to quit Liverpool at the end of 2014-15 Premier League season, many reactions followed. More noticeably reactions from the current and former football players, who had either played with or against Steven Gerrard.

Zinedine Zidane, Luis Suarez and Xabi Alonso stood out with their tribute paid to Steven Gerrard’s remarkable and an unselfish career at Liverpool. Zidane has been tipped as the best Mid-Field player of his era, an era in which Gerrard played his football as well. Zidane’s comments speak the level of respect Gerrard commanded from his peers, which is the ultimate achievement for any professional player.

Zidane discusses how he wanted Gerrard to partner him in the mid-field for Real Madrid, read his full statement right here:

‘I have said in the past that at his peak he was the best in the world,’.

‘I think it was the summer of 2004 I was having a conversation with Florentino (Perez) and I told him I wanted him to partner me in midfield for Madrid.

‘I know the club tried twice but he wouldn’t leave Liverpool. Not many players turn down Real Madrid but I think that tells you a lot about the loyalty of the man.’

Imagine what would have happened, had Gerrard moved to Real Madrid in 2004:

Moving on, from the silky Frenchman to an assured Spanish maestro, Xabi Alonso. We saw one of Premier League’s finest mid-field pairings when Gerrard and Alonso were driving Liverpool’s mid-field during mid-2000’s. I am sure if asked, Gerrard would pick Alonso as his all-time favourite mid-filed partner.

Much like his playing style, Alonso kept it really simple in paying the ultimate tribute Steven Gerrard.

Luis Suarez, another successful partnership formed with Steven Gerrard at Liverpool. Duo almost took Liverpool to the illusive Premier League title in 2012-13 season. Gerrard and Suarez were a delight to see on the field. Their inter-play was unstoppable by many teams in the league and Suarez has truly capped that in his tribute to Steven Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard has had an amazing career and along the way he had great team-mates. Some of Gerrard’s former team mates have paid tribute to Gerrard’s Liverpool career. We have picked Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen’s reaction on Gerrard’s decision to quit Liverpool at the end of the current Premier League season.


Quotes Credits: dailymail.co.uk

Image Credits: liverpoolfc.com, dailmail.co.uk


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