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Steven Gerrard - PFA Player Of Year

Steven Gerrard - PFA Player Of Year

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has won the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award, one day after leading the European Champions into the final of the FA Cup.

Gerrard, who will be hoping to make a big impression for England at the World Cup in Germany in the summer, won the vote among players ahead of Thierry Henry, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, last season’s winner John Terry, and Wayne Rooney.

Gerrard, 25, won the Young Player of the Year award in 2001, a crown that was retained by Wayne Rooney this year, and finished third last season before lifting the Champions League trophy in Istanbul following Liverpool’s astonishing comeback against AC Milan.

As well as revealing that he had voted for Thierry Henry, Gerrard told the BBC: “I am still in shock to be honest. To go through to another FA Cup final and win this special award is fantastic for me.'

Internet forums suggested that many fans thought Henry would win the award but, of the players on the shortlist, it could be argued Gerrard is the one whose presence makes the biggest difference to his team – and perhaps that is why his fellow professionals decided to give him their vote.

He is the first Liverpool player to win the award since John Barnes in 1988, and the fifth overall – following Ian Rush (1984), Kenny Dalglish (1983) and Terry McDermott (1980).

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was named alongside Gerrard in a Premiership Team of the Year dominated by Chelsea.

Premiership Team of the Year:

Shay Given (Newcastle), Pascal Chimbonda (Wigan), John Terry (Chelsea), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), William Gallas (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

By Neil Baker


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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Monday April 24 2006
Time: 10:36AM

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weyheyy Gerrard :D:D c'mon liverpool !!
swanzea_gal
24/04/2006 13:07:00
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I give it a week before you all start bleating about the vendetta against all things Liverpool by the PFA/FA/Media etc.
OLASAL
24/04/2006 14:03:00
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Gerrard deserved to win - he is irreplaceable. Thierry Henry is a quality player, but some of his performance away from Highbury have been erratic, to say the least. Hopefully Gerrard will be able to continue his run of form at the World Cup.
DBT Riverside
24/04/2006 14:26:00
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nice one stevie, now all youve got to do is win the world cup as well
vertigo_red
24/04/2006 22:13:00
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Good to see carragher in the team as well. I'd like to see him in the WC squad.
FEn_100
25/04/2006 14:44:00
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Carra has to go to the WC, he's head and shoulders above the others in terms of committment and consistency, and Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell have hardly covered themselves in glory this term, have they?
adeturner77
25/04/2006 20:10:00
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Agree Cara has to go, but does he start instead of Rio? I would have him and Terry - a red and a blue - in the centre. After all, opposites attract and all that... Stevie deserves the award, and he deserves the respect of his peers too. Anyone see the comment made by Henry after the CL Semi? Class that. He's got to be pretty high on confidence at the moment!
beaumond
26/04/2006 01:32:00
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It looks as if England will start with an established pair, but from what i've seen (not a lot i admit), and heard this year, carragher has been as steady as a rock all season.
FEn_100
26/04/2006 07:52:00
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" well deserved in my opinio-hes been top drawer all the campaign"
millers4eva
26/04/2006 15:12:00
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Gerrard is a world class player. A deserved honour for a man that comes over as a decent bloke. Stevie as a Villa fan I hope your skill gives us all something to cheer come July the ninth.
still skeggy
27/04/2006 21:15:00
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