Stevie G may have missed out on the PFA gong to Ryan Giggs but that doesn't mean his tremendous performance this season has been unnoticed by others. Apart from picking up the PFA Fans' Player Of The Year, hes now been voted the 2009 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association. This makes him the first Liverpool player to win the prize since since John Barnes in 1990! Here's what he had to say:
"I got a phone call from Ian and was debating whether or not to take the call because I thought I might have been in the papers for the wrong reasons!" said Gerrard. "I'm delighted but a little bit surprised. When you look at the quality of the players there are in this league, it's a great privilege. It's made even more special for me because I am following in the footsteps of Liverpool players like John Barnes, Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish, who were heroes of mine.
"It's not just the Manchester United players – when you look at the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal and other teams, they all have fantastic players throughout their squads now. The quality is getting better and better each year so to win this award is a great achievement for myself. But I've had fantastic help along the way from everyone at this football club. My family and friends come every time I play and they are a very big part of everything I achieve in football because they are there for me 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"But the biggest thank yous have to go to the manager, the coaching staff and my team-mates. Individual awards are great but you don't win them without great help from those people."
Gerrard beat six Man United players to win this award. Second in the polling came Ryan Giggs, followed by Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Cristiano Ronaldo and Michael Carrick.