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The former England international, who made 504 appearances in the competition, scoring 120 goals, is the first former Liverpool player to be handed a place in the line-up recently launched to celebrate the Premier League's finest.
Following a combined vote of supporters and a Premier League panel from a 23-person shortlist, Gerrard joins fellow greats Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Dennis Bergkamp and Frank Lampard in the HOF.
Passionate and committed, Red through-and-through, and a midfielder who perfected the art of the long-range strike
:red_circle: Steven Gerrard is inducted to the #PLHallOfFame pic.twitter.com/cIwUwyrP56
- Premier League (@premierleague) May 20, 2021
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Steven Gerrard becomes the latest player to be inducted into the PL Hall of Fame. Well & truly deserved :clap: pic.twitter.com/t4Ff4PbHux
- • (@The_Gerrard_Era) May 20, 2021
There is no doubting Gerrard's contribution to the competition since making his debut, aged 18, in November 1998. He went on to record some of the finest assists - and goals - in the league's history.
In addition to his goalscoring record, the midfielder's influence was highlighted by the fact he won the Premier League Player of the Month award six times.
But the fact that he secured a place in the Hall of Fame before Paul Scholes, who lifted 11 titles [more than any other English player] during a trophy-filled 19-year spell at Manchester United, has got people talking.
Scholes was even trending for the majority of Thursday morning because of Gerrard's inclusion.
Here is just some of the reaction from social media.
Gerrard was a top top player but including a player that never won the PL in HOF before the likes of John Terry, Giggs, Scholes, Rio or Wayne Rooney is a pure joke
- Ivailo :red_circle: (@kentavuraa) May 20, 2021
Lampard and Gerrard inducted into to the PL hall of fame before Paul Scholes?! Both greats absolutely, but not in Scholesy's league. He was a little genius. Top of the class.
- Alan Tonge :bee::blue_heart: (@Alan_Tonge) May 20, 2021
Paul Scholes 11 premier leagues, Steven Gerrard 0! I know that it's more than titles that count when deciding the premier league hall of fame but come on how's that happened? ♂️:joy: becoming laughable now
- Ricky Harford (@Ch1ppyR1ck) May 20, 2021
People who are saying
'but Steven Gerrard never won the league'
I believe this is about the best players of all time in the league.
He is one of those https://t.co/qTbWBanNvX
- Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) May 20, 2021
Him getting in before 11 time winner Paul Scholes is embarrassing :sob:
- Trey (@UTDTrey) May 20, 2021
Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard, who scored 177 goals in 609 Premier League appearances for West Ham, Chelsea and Manchester City, was also inducted in the Hall of Fame this week.
Do you think Scholes should be next?
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