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Soccer Aid stars Jack Wilshere and John Obi Mikel rank Liverpool rival as best ever

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Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard has been named as the toughest opponent for two former Premier League midfielders. Gerrard enjoyed an incredible career at Anfield and goes down as one of the best ever in the English top-flight.

Very few opposition players got the better of him and Jack Wilshere and John Obi Mikel, who are both featuring at Soccer Aid on Sunday, admit nobody truly comes close to the ex-Reds captain.

Former Arsenal ace Wilshere played alongside Gerrard at international level with England, with both players going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He believes his ex-teammate is the 'most complete' midfielder of his generation.

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Wilshere, who was reportedly close to joining Rangers under Gerrard, also explained why the Kop legend gets the nod ahead of Frank Lampard. He told talkSPORT: “I’ve played with both and they were both amazing, probably two of the best English players I’ve played with.

“But I’m going to have to go Gerrard. He nicks it in the early days where he first burst onto the scene and he was that dynamic goalscoring midfielder, but Lampard’s numbers were incredible.”

His comments were backed up by former Chelsea star Mikel, who was involved in some titanic tussles with Gerrard in both the Premier League and Champions League. The Nigerian told Vibe with Five: "I’ve always said my toughest opponent in the Premier League was Stevie G.

“You remember when he started playing as a No.10 for Liverpool, with Fernando Torres up front? Oh my God! Quick, technically very good, strong, powerful, he could tackle as well. You’re looking at a No.10 who could tackle!

"I know he didn’t play in that position for very long, but he was the guy who was very, very difficult to play against. He knew how to find the space in between you and the defenders. He was that good.”