Steven Gerrard admits Nemanja Matic “was one of the toughest opponents” he played against and reveals he was “very disappointed” as a Liverpool fan to see him move to Manchester United.
The Serbian left Chelsea for £40million on a three-year deal in the summer in a transfer that surprised a lot of English football.
Many onlookers thought the Red Devils had landed themselves a bargain and that has proved to be the case as his early-season form has been superb.
And Gerrard says he “couldn’t believe it” when he heard the news that the 29-year-old was swapping Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford.
“He was one of the toughest opponents I played against,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “He is very leggy, he’s good in the air, he competes, he always gets a toe in.
“He can run, he’s very aggressive with the ball and without the ball, he can burst past you with it and he can catch you.
“I couldn’t believe it. I think out of all the Manchester United players I’ve seen them sign over the last couple of years, he’s the one I thought ‘Oh no, I hope not’ so very disappointed about that as a Liverpool fan.”