Arsenal’s record goalscorer reveals his thoughts on Gerrard’s MLS move.
Thierry Henry has said he would have loved to play alongside Steven Gerrard during his time in the Premier League as the Liverpool legend nears his Anfield exit.
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Gerrard has confirmed he will leave Merseyside at the end of the season and sign for MLS side LA Galaxy, and Henry believes the midfielder has picked the right time to quit the rigours of the Premier League in favour of a softer challenge as the Reds skipper approaches his 35th birthday.
“No, I think he is leaving at the right time,” said Henry, reports Independent. “He is clever enough to adapt over there. Saying that, he will arrive at a team that is already in tune. Trust me, Los Angeles Galaxy have been either winning or losing in the final every single year. They are a very good organisation.
“But Stevie G is Stevie G. It makes me laugh when I see people talking about him the way they have recently,” said Henry, after claims that Gerrard is a spent force in the Premier League as is getting away from it at the right time.
“As a midfielder he was – along with Paul Scholes – unstoppable. I would have loved to have played alongside him. He is the dream for any striker – ask Torres, ask Suarez, ask any striker who has played alongside him. And he still does it; that through ball, either along the ground or in the air.”
Henry also addressed the situation Liverpool will find themselves in after their captain leaves after seeing Arsenal go through something similar when he quit North London for Barcelona in 2007.
“Listen, you will never replace Steven Gerrard,” he said. “Someone else will come in to do something different but you will not replace Steven Gerrard. You cannot directly replace what he does.”