Date: 30th April 2020 at 9:35am
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A number of Liverpool fans have voiced their agreement with The Athletic journalist James Pearce in relation to former Reds captain Steven Gerrard.

After his colleague Jack Pitt-Brooke described Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne as “Steven Gerrard 2.0” on The Athletic’s ‘Why Always Us?‘ podcast, Pearce voiced his belief (via @JamesPearceLFC on Twitter) that while the Belgian is “a special player”, Liverpool’s ex-captain was “on a different level”, citing how he “almost single-handedly won major finals” and “carried” the team during fallow periods.

De Bruyne has played in a Manchester City side which has won eight major trophies in the last four years, including two Premier League titles with points tallies of 100 and 98, whereas Gerrard played in Liverpool teams that finished as low as seventh and eighth during his 17 years as a first team squad member from 1998 to 2015.

The 39-year-old came up with crucial interventions on big occasions for the Reds, his goal instigating the comeback from 3-0 down to overcome AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final and his stoppage time 35-yard rocket ensuring extra time and a penalty shoot-out in the following year’s FA Cup final, in which Liverpool got the better of West Ham.

These Reds fans on Twitter backed Pearce in his claim that Gerrard was “on a different level” to De Bruyne, given how often he rode to the rescue for the Merseysiders:

Liverpool fans, do you think that Gerrard was a superior player to anything De Bruyne has shown so far? Join in the discussion by commenting below!