By Alywin Chew
I know we’re living in a time of hate.
But seriously, mocking Steven Gerrard’s induction into the Premier League Hall of Fame is downright pathetic.
And I suppose it’s no surprise that most of the detractors are Manchester United fans.
Come on you Red Devils, get a freaking life.
Do you see any Liverpool fan throwing shade at Paul Scholes getting nominated? Do you see any peace-loving hippies protesting against Eric Cantona’s induction on the basis that he kung-fu kicked that Crystal Palace fan?
And as much as I think the Roy Keane was an utterly boring, one-dimensional player, I understand why he was inducted. He was a leader. He was the “hardman” who knew he had to get rough and dirty so that his teammates could shine.
Look, I think I speak for all Liverpool fans when I say that, out of the three Liverpool players nominated, the OG Captain Marvel aka Stevie G is the most deserving of the accolade.
There was no man apart from Kenny Dalglish who could galvanise the club and its players like Gerrard did. But more than that, he was a world-class, immensely gifted and versatile player. He could pass. He could shoot. He could tackle. He was the complete player that everyone wished they had on their team. To round it all off, he was an immaculate leader who carried a mediocre team on his shoulders on multiple occasions.
Oh wait, did I forget to mention that he also captained England?
Mind you, Zinedine Zidane and even the great Pele have described him as the best player in the world during his peak.
I’m sorry, but did any of the Man United players receive such lofty praise from such esteemed footballing legends?
Indeed, Gerrard has never won the Premier League title, but why should that even be a prerequisite for a Hall of Famer? That’s just ridiculous. There’s no reason a player needs to have won anything to become a Hall of Famer.
Because football is never just about trophies. That’s why it’s the Beautiful Game.
And just look at the NBA. Former players like Karl Malone, Allen Iverson and Patrick Ewing never won a championship ring. But can you really dispute that they aren’t worthy of their Hall of Fame status?
Okay, you wanna talk about trophies? Let’s talk about trophies. In fact, let’s talk about THAT one trophy.
Yes, I’m talking about Istanbul 2005.
Did you see how Gerrard led his team to run riot over AC Milan? I did. It was the most surreal thing I’ve ever seen.
Honestly, I’d be happy to see all the nominees get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Because each of these players are legends in their own right.
Well, maybe except Michael Owen.
Sure, he was a brilliant striker. But the bugger joined Man United.
He’s dead to me.
Anyway, you must be out of your mind if you do not agree with Gerrard receiving his Hall of Fame status.
I can say this because there’s a whole bunch of non-Liverpool fans who think so. These people are what I’d call true football fans.
So, please. Don’t go around telling people that they aren’t fit to receive recognition because they don’t have a certain accolade.
Society would be a much better place without such sentiments.
This article, "Gerrard not fit to be a Hall of Famer? Go watch another sport, lah", originally appeared on Football Siao – Singapore’s craziest EPL website.