Twitter reacts: Steven Gerrard’s retirement reignites Lampard debate

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News of Steven Gerrard’s retirement has been met with widespread adulation across the footballing world, but on social media at least, it has also reignited an age-old debate as to his status within the modern game.

Part of the much-heralded ‘Golden Generation’ containing the likes of Terry, Ferdinand, Beckham, Rooney and Owen, the former Liverpool midfielder has been more or less constantly compared to England teammates Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes over the years.

His announcement on Thursday made that conversation all the more pertinent, with supporters of all clubs weighing in on Gerrard’s ability and career achievements.

Here’s the best of what Twitter had to offer.

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Former Anfield teammate was gushing in his praise, rating Gerrard higher than Lampard and a host of other top stars that he has played with.

But others refused to accept that the Liverpudlian was better than his compatriots in the England midfield…

While one poster tried to add some context to proceedings…

Some also questioned the point of such a debate…

The final word on this, though, should probably go to Lampard himself, who magnanimously chose to herald his rival on social media.

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