By Harvey Byrne

Paul Scholes believes that Steven Gerrard carried the Liverpool team at times during his playing career.

Gerrard, 36, announced his decision to retire on Thursday after his contract expired with MLS side LA Galaxy earlier in the month.

Now BT Sport pundit and former rival Manchester United player Scholes has stated how important Gerrard was for his former team, believing he could have left and won a league title.

“Definitely one of the best,” started Scholes speaking on BT Sport about Gerrard. “As Michael (Owen) said, a powerhouse really. He can get from box to box, he scored brilliant goals.

“He carried his team for quite a while, when he could have moved and possibly gone on to win the league. He’s a fantastic player and I think we should congratulate him on a fantastic career.”

Gerrard broke through the Liverpool youth system in 1998 and lasted 17 years at the club.

He made 710 appearances during his time at Anfield and also captained the side for 12 years.

The Premier League title avoided him during his playing career, but he won the FA Cup twice, the Champions League and the UEFA Cup.

His performance in the famous Istanbul Champions League 2005 final alongside the 2006 FA Cup final display are particular standouts of a very successful career.

He also received huge recognition in 2005, as he finished third in the Ballon d’Or list behind Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard.

Scholes, who retired three years ago, is also considered one of the greatest midfielders to have graced the Premier League and Gerrard will see it as huge praise.

In other Liverpool news, Thierry Henry has identified the Reds player he wanted to play with.