Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard can play until 40, says West Ham star
West Ham United midfielder Alex Song describes Steven Gerrard as the greatest Liverpool player of all time
Alex Song has backed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to keep playing until the former England midfielder is 40.
Gerrard, 34, will lead the Reds out at Upton on Saturday evening as Brendan Rodgers’s bid to emulate their 2-1 win in east London last April.
He has achieved a lot of things at Liverpool and is still only 34 years old
And former Arsenal midfielder Song lifted the lid on his admiration for the Liverpool skipper, hailing Gerrard as the club’s greatest-ever player.
“It’s not just focused on one player but I think Gerrard is the best player I’ve seen in a Liverpool shirt for me. It’s my own opinion,” Song told ESPN.
“I have played against him a lot and every time I play against him, I have thought, ‘Today will be very hard’.
“He has achieved a lot of things at Liverpool and is still only 34 years old. But he is still good enough to play – he can play maybe till he’s 40. When I see him run, he is a very good example to the young players coming through.
“I think it is very important to have those kind of loyal players who play for Liverpool for a long time. It is a very different team when Gerrard is not in it.
“I like Stevie’s style and the way he plays. When you are a midfielder, you try to watch other midfielders and how they play. For me, he is a great player – one of the best.
“I always try to watch the best players in my position and try to learn. Gerrard is one of the players I was watching when I was young.”