Monday, May 11, 2009

West Ham Ace wants Premier League Title at Anfield

West Ham star Mark Noble hopes Steven Gerrard ends his career with a title winners' medal - because he sets an example to every midfielder in the country.

The 21-year-old Hammer asked Gerrard for his shirt after Liverpool's 3-0 victory at Upton Park on Saturday - and also collected Jamie Carragher's jersey for pal Craig Bellamy.

Noble said: "He's the best, isn't he? Let's put that straight.

"In my eyes, with the praise he does get, I still don't think he gets enough. He's obviously labelled one of the best in Europe but with the goals he scores, how he is for Liverpool, I'd say he is the best.

"He has stayed at his own club all these years. The really big teams are all interested in him but he pledged his future to Liverpool. For his sake, I hope one day he wins the title. For him and for Liverpool."

Noble is eager to one day get close to Gerrard's awesome standard.

"Everyone wants to aspire to being that good," he said. "He's got a fantastic brain but he is also an athlete - he's strong, powerful and quick. He's got everything. If I can be nearly as good as Stevie Gerrard I'd be pleased."

Meanwhile, former Red Jamie Redknapp believes Gerrard should win the Football Writers' Player of the Year after missing out on this season's PFA award to Ryan Giggs.

"Steven has fired 23 goals this season, from his attacking midfield role," said Redknapp.

"The football writers soon decide their player of the year and I reckon it counts more than the players' award because of the timing of their vote. Surely it's between Gerrard and Wayne Rooney."

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