Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger has hailed Steven Gerrard as a ‘massive player’ after he announced his retirement from football.
The Liverpool great spent 17 years with the Anfield outfit, before moving to LA Galaxy and spending two seasons.
He made over 700 appearances in all competitions with the Reds, scoring the fifth-most goals (186) in club history and winning the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and UEFA Cup as well as a host of individual awards.
Arsenal boss Wenger described Gerrard as a complete midfielder and expressed admiration for his loyalty to Liverpool despite attracting interest from other clubs throughout his career.
“Overall, you can just salute the fantastic player, who has shown… I think he had the qualities that every midfielder dreams to have,” Wenger told reporters.
“He could score goals, he could cross the field, he could shoot from distance, he could cross the ball, he could dribble. He had pace, he had commitment, motivation – it’s a massive player, Steven Gerrard.
“And on top of that, he was loyal to Liverpool, so that’s a quality that you don’t find a lot nowadays.”