Passion, power, pace, skill, all in abundance. These are some of the things that made Steven Gerrard a Liverpool and Premier League legend.
One attribute, however, helped drive the former midfielder to the top of world football and maintained he stayed their during his prime. That was his attitude.
Gerrard openly admits that his hard work, obsessive focus and determination always outweighed his natural talents as a footballer while his loyalty to his hometown club is extremely well documented at this stage.
Every time the retired star turned BT Sport pundit took the field, be that with Liverpool or England, Gerrard wanted to be the best. More often than not, while far from perfect, the ex-Reds captain was the standout performer on the pitch.
After Spurs’ 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday night at Turf Moor on the post-match discussion show on BT, we gained an insight into a side of Gerard’s all-round game that is perhaps overlooked when assessing his greatness. The ‘mean streak’ in a player required to make it to the top of the professional game is perhaps one that doesn’t receive as much recognition as it deserves.
The topic came up in conversation as attention turned to Spurs and England starlet Dele Alli who has been building quite the reputation for himself as a hard-hitter in recent weeks and months.
That toughness/nastiness is something Stevie G certainly possessed although it may not have been as publicly renowned as that of Alli already or even more famously in the past, Roy Keane.
Check out the clip below where he makes no bones about his ability to stand up for himself when the time was right, admitting to waiting months for a reverse fixture to exact revenge on a player who might have challenged him too hard for his liking. The former England captain has admitted that he would never allow a player who landed a big challenge on him to get away with thinking he has gotten one over on him.
“If someone’s smashed me, I’m not going to let him get away with it.”
"There were sending off's that I don't regret."
"If someone's smashed me, I'm not going to let him away with it."
— eir Sport (@eirSport) December 23, 2017