Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised Chelsea captain John Terry as the Premier League’s best defender, describing the former England skipper as a ‘warrior’.
Liverpool gave Chelsea a guard of honour on Sunday afternoon, as the champions hosted their Premier League rivals at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea legend gave his side the lead after just five minutes through a trademark headed finish, but old foe Steven Gerrard ruined the party with an equaliser just moments before half-time.
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The clash ended 1-1 in west London – which has all but ended the Merseyside club’s hopes of clinching fourth-place ahead of Manchester United.
But, speaking after the game, Rodgers couldn’t help but hail Terry, saying, “I worked here [Stamford Bridge] for four years with John Terry,” as quoted by the Daily Star.
“He is the best centre-half in the league in his years,” he added.
“A wonderful passer of the ball and a warrior.”
Terry’s goal on Sunday saw him become the Premier League’s highest ever goal-scoring defender – beating David Unsworth’s record of 38 strikes – and sums up the stunning season that the Stamford Bridge icon has enjoyed.
The 34-year-old has had one of the most outstanding campaigns of his career, and continues to prove the critics wrong by remaining at the heart of the Blues team.