Gerrard picks World XI and praises ‘top’ Man United legend

Date published: Thursday 16th April 2020 10:49

Steven Gerrard Liverpool

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has named his World XI with a twist.

The Rangers manager has offered his selection for the recent social media fad, in which people are choosing their best XIs of players during their lifetime but cannot use the same club or country more than once.

Jamie Carragher weighed in with his choice earlier in the week, naming Gerrard in his side. But the courtesy was not reciprocated as Gerrard saved his Liverpool pick for left-back Andy Robertson.

Gerrard and Carragher named five of the same players, with the former even aiming a joke dig at his old teammate.

“I’ve gone for a few more players that are still playing now whereas Carra’s shown his age,” Gerrard said.

Oblak

Cafu Kompany Koulibaly Robertson

Kroos Keane

Messi Del Piero Mbappe

Drogba

In explaining his choices, Gerrard reserved particular praise for Manchester United midfielder Keane.

“He was a top player,” he told Sky Sports. “Roy Keane was a cert to be in there.

“He was someone I was a big fan of, growing up and I studied his game a lot. I enjoyed a lot of battles with him – he was a top player – I don’t think you appreciated how good he was until you were up against him – seeing how fit and strong he was as a box-to-box midfielder.”

Gerrard’s two most notable omissions were Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich, Stuttgart and Germany) and Zinedine Zidane (Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid and France).

The 39-year-old also discussed his favourite Merseyside derby moment.

 

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