Former Liverpool players react Steven Gerrard’s departure announcement – LFC’s best ever player

With news of Steven Gerrard‘s decision to leave Liverpool, former players have been praising the inspirational captain – with many suggesting he’s LFC’s greatest ever player.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 19, 2008: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard MBE celebrates scoring the second goal against FC Internazionale Milano during the UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Former midfielder Terry McDermott, writing on twitter, is in no doubt that Gerrard is the club’s greatest ever player:

John Aldridge is also of the same opinion:

Former striker Peter Crouch says Gerrard is “easily” the best he’s ever played with:

Martin Kelly said he was lucky to have played alongside Gerrard:

Didi Hamann, speaking like a fan, thanked Gerrard for the memories he’s provided:

Meanwhile, former midfielder Jamie Redknapp, writing in his Daily Mail column, somewhat bizarrely suggests his dad, Harry Redknapp, would welcome Gerrard back to England on loan after his likely MLS move.

Redknapp admits that he would have loved to had Gerrard’s career: “If there is one player I would have liked to have been it is Steven Gerrard. I feel very proud and honoured to have been on the same pitch as him.”

On whether Gerrard is Liverpool’s greatest ever player, Redknapp writes:

“When you talk about Liverpool’s greatest players, you think about Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness; but they were surrounded by other fantastic players.”

Steven Gerrard has carried Liverpool. He has been the captain, leader and inspiration for some poor teams.”