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Monday, June 13, 2022

"So strong, quick, and fast" - Ex-Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel names Liverpool legend as his toughest opponent

  Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has picked former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard as the toughest opponent he has played a...

 

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has picked former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard as the toughest opponent he has played against. He praised the Englishman for his quickness, strength, and ability on the ball. The Nigerian spent 11 years at Chelsea, while Gerrard spent 17 years at Liverpool.

Both midfielders faced each other often in the Premier League and other competitions. Mikel was asked on a Nigerian radio station, Naija FM 102.7 in Lagos, who was the toughest opponent he ever faced. He said (via Daily Post):

"The most difficult player I faced during my Chelsea career is Steven Gerrard. He is too quick and strong. I have never seen a white player who is so strong, quick, and fast. He is good on the ball."

The Englishman is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world of all time. He made 709 appearances for the Reds in all competitions, contributing 185 goals and 151 assists. His strength, ability on the ball and ability to control the game in midfield were widely praised.

He helped Liverpool win one Champions League title, two FA Cups and three League Cups, among other trophies. Gerrard then left Anfield in 2015 to join Major League Soccer (MLS) club LA Galaxy before hanging up his boots in 2016. He currently manages Premier League side Aston Villa.

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