GUARDIAN – Steven Gerrard is the standout player from my whole career | Gerard Houllier

When I first saw Liverpool’s captain at 17 I knew there was something special about him, a leader with speed, skill, power and a kind heart. He was just class• Gerrard: Leaving Liverpool the toughest decision of my life• Daniel Taylor: club’s captain makes the right callI remember the first time I saw Stevie. I was looking for somebody to play on the right wing and Steve Heighway said he thought he had an answer in the Under-19s. There was a game organised between them and Blackburn’s Under-19s so I went.After five minutes I realised the guy he was talking about would not fit into the wide position that I wanted, but in the middle of the park there was a player running from box to box, shouting at his team-mates and tackling, controlling the tempo. Continue reading…