JOHN ALDRIDGE: It's a perfect ten for Liverpool great Steven Gerrard

By John Aldridge on Nov 29, 08 07:55 AM in Columnists

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WHAT can you say about Steven Gerrard that hasn't already been said?

It's ten years today since we first saw him at Anfield. And for a decade now - along with Jamie Carragher - he has carried Liverpool along.

Last night in the Echo, Dave Prentice posed the question: "Is he the greatest Liverpool player of all time?'

It's an intriguing and very difficult one to address.

What a player Kenny was. He was only slightly younger than Stevie is now when he arrived at Anfield and had us all spellbound over the following years, when he won so much and gave us those incredible memories.

He was an unforgettable, world talent. And he'll always be King Kenny to the fans at Anfield.

Yet as has been pointed out, Kenny did have some wonderful, world class players around him too in those days - names like Graeme Souness, Ian Rush and Alan Hansen are just three that spring to mind.

It hasn't been like that for Stevie. Yet he's got every medal going - bar one of course - and has scored so many incredible goals, so often at crucial times or late on.

When others, even top strikers, might lose their composure at vital moments, he has kept his. His comeback goal in Istanbul, that amazing strike in the FA Cup final against Cardiff, his exocet against Olympiakos in the dying minutes. I could go on, there have been that many.

I do know Stevie will be absolutely irreplaceable when he's gone. I don't even want to think about that and thankfully given his age I don't have to.

But like Kenny, we'll all miss seeing him when he's gone - so the fans should lap up watching Stevie every time they see him.

They're watching a football genius. And certainly a player for whom you can now make a case for as the greatest ever to have worn the red shirt.

Happy tenth anniversary Stevie - if any footballer deserves that full set of medals it is you.

Just keep going for many years to come!

Someone is due a good hammering

I DON'T know what to expect from West Ham on Monday - they seem a stiffer proposition at home than they are on the road.

But it's vital we start getting at teams early on and impose ourselves now.

We've already had slips at home against Stoke and Fulham and we simply can't afford another against the Hammers on Monday.

With Torres out I'd like to see Kuyt and Keane paired up front.

They have played well with each other this season and with Stevie Gerrard coming in behind them, it will be our best option.

We've got to be mentally strong now and banish any talk of tiredness among the squad.

It's time we turned on the style and gave someone a good hiding from the word go.

We've got a very good side - so let's see it lads. On Monday night please!

* FERNANDO Torres has clearly got a problem with his hamstrings and I can't help but suspect Euro 2008 has taken its toll.

Obviously it's a bitter blow he's out again. But I hope he is given all the time he needs to fully recover and get these problems behind him now.

If he has to be out until Christmas or New Year, just to make sure, then I hope he gets that time, because we can't afford him breaking down like this.

Let's get him right for the big tests ahead.

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