Scottish midfielder talks up English counterpart.
Former Liverpool and Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam has payed tribute to Steven Gerrard ahead of this week’s international friendly between the two country’s, the Daily Mail reports.
The Stoke City midfielder spent a year alongside the talismanic midfielder when he joined from Blackpool in 2011 and he has admitted that Gerrard was the one man he wanted to impress during his time at Anfield.
“On and off the pitch, he is one of the real gentlemen in the game,” Adam told Liverpoolfc.com
“I was fortunate enough to share a dressing room with him and to see him at close-quarters. It was an honour to play beside him.
“He is the best I’ve played beside, without a shadow of a doubt. He is probably one of the top players in the Premier League over the past 10 years.
“There was a full house at his testimonial the other week and everybody at Liverpool adores him. Most importantly, he is a nice guy.”
Adam made only 37 appearances for the Reds, but still believes that his time spent with the 33-year-old was worth every second.
“Guys like Steven are the type of players you want to impress as they are iconic players at the club,” he added.
“You don’t play for Liverpool for the number of years that he has if you are not a good player.
“He is a great lad and it will be a challenge for me to come up against a player like that.
“I have done it once or twice and, hopefully, I can get the same result as I have had before against him.”