Peter Crouch jumps to defence of Steven Gerrard following Hall of Fame induction

Peter Crouch has jumped to the defence of his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard after some questioned his induction into the Premier League Hall of Fame this week.

The former England captain has joined seven others in entering the exclusive group, which was kicked off by Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, but is so far the only one not to have won the competition.

The Rangers boss made 504 appearances between 1998 and 2015, scoring 120 goals, posting 92 assists and winning a total of 255 matches with his boyhood club.

Despite his undeniable quality in the middle of the park, Gerrard was unable to drag Liverpool to the title having managed second-place finishes on three separate occasions.

Described by the league as ‘a place for celebration, admiration and nostalgia’ and ‘home of the greats’ Gerrard fits the description of ‘moments made famous and players famous for having made them’.

Peter Crouch (L) celebrates with Stephen Gerrard of Liverpool after he scores the second goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic at Anfield on December 3, 2005 in Liverpool, England.

Crouch tweeted: “People who are saying, ‘but Steven Gerrard never won the league’.

“I believe this is about the best players of all time in the league. He is one of those.”

The Premier League wrote: “After coming through Liverpool’s Academy, Steven Gerrard spent 17 years as the driving force of the Merseysiders’ midfield in the Premier League.

“Famed for his driving runs, his ability to inspire team-mates and his spectacular strikes from distance, only Frank Lampard has scored more from midfield than Gerrard’s 120 goals.

“The Reds’ long-serving captain also provided 92 top-flight assists and won six monthly awards in his stellar career.”

In order to be eligible for induction, players must have been retired by August 1, 2020, with other nominees including Rio Ferdinand, Didier Drogba, Michael Owen, Paul Scholes and John Terry.

Liverpool wrote on their website: “The ex-Liverpool captain takes his place following a combined vote of supporters and a Premier League panel from a 23-person shortlist.”

“He becomes the first former Red to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which was recently launched to celebrate the league’s finest players since its inception in 1992.”

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