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

Sad to see Gerrard has retired. Then again, Lampard is 10x the player, so who cares.

— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) November 24, 2016

Gerrard's not even one of the best midfielders in the Premier League era, let alone one of the best players. Scholes & Lampard ahead of him.

— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) November 24, 2016

While one poster tried to add some context to proceedings…

Lampard - Wonderful player in very good sides

Scholes - Wonderful player in very good sides

Gerrard - Wonderful player in poor sides

— Ü (@ThoseScouseLads) November 24, 2016

Some also questioned the point of such a debate…

Comparing Gerrard, Scholes and Lampard is so boring. Three completely different players, all great in their own right and deserve respect.

— Joseph Musker (@Musker_LFC) November 24, 2016

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

Class from Lampard on instagram, two legends. pic.twitter.com/E8GIrDuLC7

— Steven Gerrard (@Gerrard8FanPage) November 24, 2016
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