By Harvey Byrne

Peter Crouch has hailed Steven Gerrard as “the best player he’s ever played with” following the 36-year-old’s retirement on Thursday.

Crouch, who played with Gerrard between 2005 and 2008 at Liverpool, while also playing together for England was not short of praise for the football legend.

The comment does not come lightly either, as Crouch earned 42 caps at international level, while also playing for clubs such as Stoke, Tottenham and Aston Villa during his career.

However, on his personal Twitter account Crouch named the former Liverpool captain as the best he had played alongside.

Gerrard left MLS team LA Galaxy earlier in the month after the expiration of his contract.

He had been offered the vacant MK Dons managerial role since, but he turned down the League One club, saying it had “come too soon.

Many had expected him to continue with his playing career, after featuring in 24 matches last season, providing 11 assists alongside three goals.

However, he may now be looking to return to Liverpool in a possible coaching role with Jurgen Klopp stating that the door is always open to the club legend.

Meanwhile, at 35 years of age Crouch has played eight times for Stoke this season, scoring three goals.

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