Gerrard and Carragher had a tough test for new Liverpool arrivals

There aren’t many players held in higher regard around Liverpool Football Club as Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

The former England pair were instrumental in Liverpool’s best sides of the last couple of decades, reaching their zenith when they won the Champions League together in 2005.

It’s clear that the pair of them had ludicrously high standards, and Peter Crouch had lifted the lid on just how difficult those two were to impress.

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Crouch was at Liverpool between 2005 and 2008, playing alongside England team-mates Gerrard and Carragher  under Rafa Benitez.

But despite the fact they were his countrymen and he already knew them, Crouch was determined to make an impression with midfield maestro Gerrard in particular.

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“During my first training session with Liverpool, there was one person who I was desperate to impress – and it wasn’t manager Rafa Benitez,” Crouch writes in his Daily Mail column.

“I am not being disrespectful to Rafa, as without him I wouldn’t have moved to Anfield, but that first session it was all about winning over Steven Gerrard.

“He and Jamie Carragher had a test where they would fire a ball into you and if your control was not good, you were on the back foot with them.

Crouch cited Gerrard’s on-pitch leadership as a reason for Rangers to take a punt on the Liverpool legend.

“The reputation Stevie had even then made me think he would go into management in later life, so I am not surprised that Rangers want him to revive their fortunes.

“Anyone who steps on to a training pitch with him will know instantly about the standards that he demands. His name will go a long way.

“When the standard of training is that high, the knock-on effect is improved performances but I just wonder how Stevie would find it in Glasgow. Rangers obviously have a huge reputation and a fantastic stadium but they are a long way behind Celtic.

“It is hard to see a point in the near future where Celtic will be knocked off their perch but I would imagine Stevie would get assurances from Rangers that he would be allowed to develop.

“I also think the experience he has had so far with Liverpool’s Under 18s will be invaluable.”

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