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LUCAS BACKS GERRARD

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has praised his Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard by saying that he is the complete player he has ever seen. Steven Gerrard is regarded as one of the best English players to have graced the Premier league.

The 33-year-old recently played in a testimonial that was held to commemorate more than a decade of service for Liverpool. Lucas, who has managed to establish himself as one of the important players in the Liverpool team, has paid tribute to the England midfielder.

He also says that Gerrard could also be in the Brazilian national team, which is one of the best in the world when it comes to midfielders. Competition is extremely intense in the Brazilian team for midfielders, but Gerrard would certainly command a place according to Lucas. He has seen enough of the 33-year-old to suggest that he is the best player he has played with. Gerrard has been carrying the Liverpool team for many years now. The club has won numerous matches just because of the brilliance of this one player. He is extremely good physically and technically according to Lucas.

"When you remember Gerrard, you automatically remember Liverpool. He really is the symbol of the club. For over 15 years representing a club, the only one he played throughout his career and I'm sure will still be the only one. This shows a lot, he is a player who has always valued the club too. I've never played with a player as complete as him. I have the experience of playing for six years with Gerrard," said Lucas.

Gerrard recently signed a new two-year contract with Liverpool that will probably see him play for the club until his retirement. His current contract runs until the summer of 2015 when Gerrard will be 35 years of age.