5 Questions You'd Love to Ask Liverpool's Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard—legend for club and country—has so many stories to tell from his 16 years in professional football.
If he releases an autobiography following the end of his career, it will be full of fascinating anecdotes about the teams he's beaten, the players he's played against, the players he's played with, the managers he's played under and the legacy he's left at Liverpool Football Club.
Here are five questions that would be great to put to the Liverpool captain.
What do you think his answers would be, and what would you ask Gerrard yourself? Leave your comments in the comments section below.
Who Do You Like Beating Most—Everton or Man Utd?
The sheer joy and passion that Gerrard expresses in the most hotly fought games of the season against Everton and Manchester United resonates with fans.
Whether it be scoring a hat-trick against the Toffees (March 2012) or an impressive 4-1 victory at Old Trafford to lay doubts on Manchester United's title campaign (March 2009), Gerrard has experienced it all.
But who is most satisfying to beat—the local rivals or the archrivals?
Who Is the Best Player You've Ever Played Against?
Gerrard has been blessed to play some of the most exciting and most-watched football matches in his generation, and with that he's faced some of the finest footballers of his time.
He faced Paolo Maldini in the Champions League finals of 2005 and 2007, both Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi of Barcelona en route in 2007, Cristiano Ronaldo for both Manchester United and Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane whilst playing for England at Euro 2004 in Lisbon and Thierry Henry on several occasions.
But who was the best player of the lot?
Who Is the Best Player You've Ever Played With?
For both club and country, Gerrard has played amongst some of the world's finest talents and English football's icons.
But who is the best player he's lined up with in either red or white?
Who's the Best Manager You've Ever Worked Under?
Gerard Houllier oversaw the initial development of Gerrard from the skinny and gangly figure who made his debut for Liverpool in 1998. A lot of credit has to be given to the Frenchman for his handling of Gerrard in the early stages of his career.
Gerrard became an athletic and strong force in Liverpool's attacking midfield during the mid-2000s and owes the pinnacle of his career—lifting the European Cup in 2005 as captain of the Reds—to Rafa Benitez.
When Liverpool went through a period of turbulence, Gerrard briefly worked under Roy Hodgson—who he would later meet again at international level—and Kenny Dalglish, arguably the club's most iconic and influential player of all time.
Then came Brendan Rodgers with his refreshing approach to football tactics and man management. The Northern Irishman has found a new role for Gerrard, sitting deeper in midfield, to see out his career in.
For England, Gerrard has worked under Kevin Keegan, Peter Taylor, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello, Stuart Pearce and Hodgson.
Out of all the aforementioned, which manager has had the biggest impact on Gerrard as a player?
How Do You See Yourself Making a Legacy at Liverpool?
Like it or not, Liverpool must start to look toward life after Gerrard.
After being such a key figure in the story of the club for the last 16 years, there will be a gaping hole in the heart of the club when he hangs up his boots in the next few years.
Under Rodgers, Gerrard's role as a holding midfielder looks to be part of establishing a system that will allow Gerrard to be seamlessly replaced when his retirement comes around.
Gerrard is now an important role model for Liverpool's rising young stars. Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe, Jon Flanagan and the like look toward the 33-year-old with aspirations to have as successful a career and be as much a part of a football club as Gerrard has.
But how does the man himself see himself creating a successful post-Gerrard future at Anfield?