“When you’re captain, you know everyone is talking about you. You can feel it, especially when things go badly. Everything Gerrard has to face every single day, and the expectations that surround him, make the way he handles the pressure even more impressive. He is always under the microscope and people expect him to be a leader, to lift the team all on his own. He is an example to everyone who ever finds themselves in that situation. It’s incredible what he has to put up with and how much there is going around him ever single day.
I would love to be a captain somewhere some day because I think I’ve had the best possible role model in Steven Gerrard. At Liverpool, he is irreplaceable. Every big club has a standard beaer, a home grown talent, someone with a lifelong commitment to the cause. People come and go but he’s always there. It’s him and ten others. He’s everything to the side. That’s Steven Gerrard at Liverpool. I can’t even begin to imagine the place without him.
He’s got it all as a footballer too: personality, consistency, stature, control, power, strength, aggression, intensity, he never goes missing… he can play everywhere and he can play in every way. Wherever you put him, he performs. He scores goals, works hard, he’s quick, he’s tireless. He’s a born leader and the most consistent player in the world. the only thing missing from his CV is the Premier League title and an international award like the Ballon d’Or or the FIFA World Player and I’m sure he’ll win one of those soon. There’s no doubt he deserves to. Any coach would want him in their side. It’s hard for people to judge just how good his is because he’s still playing, but one day he’ll be recognized as one of the greatest players in the club’s history. And don’t forget, he’s Liverpool through and through too, a local lad who came up through the ranks.
Steven doesn’t need to scream and shout on the pitch to be a leader. He leads by example, by the way he plays - the way he’s had bred into him for years. He is without doubt the greatest player I have ever played with. He has everything.” -Fernando Torres