Henry: Gerrard one of the best.

Thierry Henry sad to see 'special' Steven Gerrard exit Premier League.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry admits Steven Gerrard will be remembered as one of the Premier League greats, despite never winning the title at Liverpool.

Gerrard who has been at the Merseyside club for 17th years will leave Anfield this summer to join MLS club LA Galaxy, and will play his last competitive home game against Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace this weekend, before his last trip with the Reds to Stoke on the 24th of May.

However, Henry heaped praise on the former England captain, saying ‘it’s been a privilege to play against him’.

"To see him leave the league is going to be a sad day," Henry told Sky Sports. "I'm not a Liverpool fan but I'm a football fan; to see him not wearing that red shirt and stepping out of the tunnel at Anfield is going to be weird.

"I played so many times against so many good players, especially in the Premier League. Frank Lampard was and still is special, Paul Scholes was, every time, the guy we feared at Arsenal when we were playing Manchester United, but for me, Stevie G is up there.

"For me, he's the player where you say: 'OK, he didn't win the league, but he gives you so much pleasure and you respect them so much’. The amount of pleasure - and trouble when I was playing him! - that he gave us, I respect him a lot. He's one of the best players that ever played in this league."

"Him playing for just one club in this country is special," added Henry. "I know he didn't win the league - I know he would have wanted to win it, especially with Liverpool - but for me it doesn't really matter.

"I have maximum respect for him staying at one club but also the way he behaved on and off the field; his goals, the way he drove his team and made everyone believe they could win even if they were losing.

"There were many special moments that he gave Liverpool fans and it's been a privilege to play against him.

"Yes, he didn't win the league but sometimes a player has won the league and not given as much as he did."


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