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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard announced his retirement from his playing career last month, bringing an end to a glittering 21-year career for the midfielder, of which thirteen of those years were spent at Stamford Bridge.

The 38-year-old made over 600 Premier League appearances for West Ham, Chelsea and Manchester City, coming up against some of the world’s best players, and has revealed that his toughest opponent is former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard.

“He had everything,” Lampard told Sky Sports.

“If you got him on his day, you can almost forget about it because he was so powerful as player.

“Particularly, when you used to go up to Anfield.

“You knew if Stevie was on his game in the first three minutes because he would crash through someone.

“He has everything, other than the aggressive side, he had top ability.

“He was a great all round midfield player.”

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