Wayne Rooney has just settled Steven Gerrard Liverpool debate amid Roy Keane and Thierry Henry input

Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney may have ended the Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes debate for good.
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Wayne Rooney believes Paul Scholes couldn't achieve what Steven Gerrard did at Liverpool - describing the Reds icon as 'the best'.

The debate surrounding Gerrard, Scholes and ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard raged on for decades during their playing careers, but the discussion rumbles on years after their retirement.

Gerrard is viewed by many as one of the best footballers to come out of England, and he is deemed a legend at Anfield after single-handedly helping the Reds to success during his career. Rooney, who was a teammate of Scholes at club level with United, believes the Liverpool graduate was the best all-rounder.

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"Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are all different," he began, speaking to Gary Neville for the Overlap. "As an all-rounder, Stevie is the best; he can defend, pass the ball, run, tackle, score goals, set pieces.

"As an all-rounder he’s the best from that point of view. From a goalscoring point of view, Lamps [Frank Lampard] was the best.

"The goals he scored were incredible from midfield and technically he wasn’t at Stevie or Scholesy’s level but there was no-one better at scoring goals from midfield. Scholesy, the way he adapted.

"He was a striker when he was younger so to go to a ten, then midfield then a deeper midfielder dictating the game, I don’t think either of the other two (Gerrard or Lampard) could dictate a game the way he could.

"All were world-class players. Stevie could come to Manchester United and be a top player and do what Scholes could do. But I don’t think Scholes could do what Stevie did at Liverpool."

Rooney's career spanned two stints with Everton as well as a trophy-laden spell at Old Trafford before time with DC United and Derby County brought an end to his playing career. The 38-year-old played 242 matches with Scholes for the Red Devils and England, winning numerous pieces of silverware in that time.

Gerrard's former Liverpool teammate Jamie Carragher also helped convince Roy Keane otherwise. The pair were discussing the age-old topic for LadBible.

Carragher said: "I always think if you took Scholes out of the United team and put in Stevie, would United have won more or less? If you took Stevie out of our team and put in Scholes, would we have won what we won?

"I just think of what Stevie did in that Champions League final and that FA Cup final in 2006, I'm not sure Scholes or Frank could have had that impact on that team."

To which Keane agreed, responding: "I suppose it's just down to the fact that there's a bit of loyalty. I think Steven Gerrard was brilliant, I think Frank Lampard was brilliant, but in the few games I played with with him, I always love a player who would get a goal."

The former defender argued back: "The thing I would say about Stevie that would put him ahead of other players, I think he could have been the best player in two or three positions. If he had played right back his whole career, he would have played for England. Right midfield, number ten, central midfield, he played so many positions."

Eventually, the Republic of Ireland midfielder was convinced, he said: "He was brilliant. Jesus, he was. You've won me over, I'll be crying in a minute. Loyalty does have to come into in a little bit."

Carragher, however, wasn't successful in changing the mind of Premier League goalscoring hero Thierry Henry. The Frenchman admitted that Scholes was slightly ahead of Gerrard, although the Liverpool captain was close to his quality.

“Paul Scholes was just ahead in his head. He was making Man United tick," said Henry. "Every time we were playing them, we needed to find a way to stop him. I think Stevie G comes really close to him but Paul Scholes would have to win."