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Steven Gerrard predicts the world’s next best player

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 19:00, 15 April 2022

Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard has named Bruno Fernandes as one of three current Premier League players he would have loved to play alongside.

The former Liverpool captain was appointed Villa manager in November 2021 ending a successful spell at Rangers where he lifted the Scottish championship. So far in his brief spell at the Birmingham-based club he’s faced Man Utd on two occasions with Fernandes registering a brace in a 2-2 draw at Villa Park.

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Since joining United from Sporting in January 2020 he’s gone on to make 80 league appearances subsequently netting 35 goals while creating a further 25 for his teammates. The current two-time Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year was named into last season’s PFA Premier League Team of the Year and he’s widely considered to be United’s most important player. So far this campaign Fernandes has netted nine times, including three match-openers.

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Having watched him up close, Gerrard has since complimented the Portuguese international during an interview with Gary Neville for Sky Bet, an excerpt of which you can read below.

Who is the one current Premier League player you’d loved to have played with?

“Mo Salah. I love Bruno Fernandes… you might not agree with that. Kevin De Bruyne, for sure. 100%. I think he’s one of the best in the world right now.

“Defensive-wise, I think Virgil [van Dijk] is just out of this world.”

Who is the greatest player of all time?

“Lionel Messi, for me. But I’m someone who would never say a derrogatory thing about [Cristiano] Ronaldo because, I mean, they’re the two in my era where the numbers… I’m not sure who’s going to do that again. I’m not sure anyone’s going to do that again.”

Who’s the best player in Premier League history?

“Thierry Henry.”

Which current young player is going to become the best in the world?

“Kylian Mbappe.”

“If I could start my career again and could pick one thing I could add to my game, it would be that pace.”