Steven Gerrard brands NUFC duo ‘Championship players’ in uninformed rant from the Liverpool legend

Steven Gerrard has identified the pairing of Mo Diame and Mikel Merino as a ‘Championship midfield’ when reflecting on our 2-0 defeat at Anfield – an uninformed and misguided rant from the Liverpool legend whose comments do them no justice whatsoever.

Has he been watching the Mo Diame that’s dominated many a midfield battle over the past few months? Or the Mikel Merino who, when fully fit,  has looked a class act on his debut season in England? Clearly not.

Gerrard has a right to assess what they did wrong on Saturday, but to say they’re Championship players is jumping the gun here. Pundits are allowed to have big opinions, but when they’re misplaced and then spouted to the masses then something needs to be said.

Assessing the pairs performance against Liverpool on Saturday, here’s what he had to say about Diame and Merino in the BT studio after the game:

“For me, it’s a Championship midfield. It’s a big ask to put Diame and Merino against Can, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain”

Did he ever consider that it was two up against three in a game that we were always chasing? They were bound to be overran and up against it.



He then went on to slate their effort levels in the game, claiming Diame only gets into a full sprint when running forward, claiming he only runs back at ‘60%’. Again, this is a comment that suggests he hasn’t been watching his performances closely in recent weeks, with Diame’s effort levels having been outstanding for the past two and a half months.

I also feel that Saturday’s defeat wasn’t down to a lack of effort, but instead a lack of quality.

Yet another overreaction from pundits who just don’t seem to understand our players or our situation in the league.

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

6 thoughts on “Steven Gerrard brands NUFC duo ‘Championship players’ in uninformed rant from the Liverpool legend

  1. “I also feel that Saturday’s defeat wasn’t down to a lack of effort, but instead a lack of quality.”

    Right there is where you contradict your entire article.

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  2. Peter Gill:
    “I also feel that Saturday’s defeat wasn’t down to a lack of effort, but instead a lack of quality.”

    Right there is where you contradict your entire article.

    So because we didn’t have the quality to compete with Liverpool (the league’s 2nd best side who’re beating teams 5-0 in the Champions League last 16) it means that these players are automatically Championship standard? Rubbish.

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  3. Another puntit talking from his arse, liverpool were far from great and if we actually had something up front, that game could of went anyway.

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  4. Gerrard talks out of his arse like his mates the toon players playing as good as he played or better at times Now he thinks he is a football pundit the thick idiot thats whey he used to shite his shorts when he ever played at st james park or he was INJURED twat

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  5. The only ex Liverpool player now a pundit who seems to make any sense is Danny Murphy. The rest are boring .Redknapp the players friend sucking up to everyone who will listen ! Souness tells it as it is, but never did much at the Toon ! G Neville is far up his own behind and a no all self opinionated but very experienced coach ( not )who failed dramatically in Spain! He criticises anybody and everything that will cause headlines for Sky !

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