‘I’d love to see it… I’d definitely have the popcorn out’: Steven Gerrard defends Todd Boehly’s North vs South Premier League All-Star game idea, but insists the calendar is too packed to fit it in
- Todd Boehly has called for a ‘North versus South’ Premier League All-Star game
- Steven Gerrard has said he ‘loves’ the idea of a North versus South All-Star game
- The former Liverpool captain has said he would have loved to play in the game
- Gerrard, 42, has also said that there is not enough room in the current calendar
Steven Gerrard ‘loves’ the idea of a North versus South Premier League All-Star game – but admits there is not enough room in the current calendar.
The idea was first proposed by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, who thinks the Premier League should introduce an all-star game to help raise money for the English football pyramid.
The American businessman has also called for a ‘four-team tournament’ to take place at the bottom of the table to decide who goes down at the end of the Premier League season.
Steven Gerrard ‘loves’ the idea of a North versus South Premier League All-Star game
When discussing Boehly’s proposal ahead of Villa’s game against Southampton, Gerrard said: ‘From a personal point of view, I’d love to see it.
Gerrard went on to add: ‘I would’ve loved to have played in it [the South Premier League All-Star game].
‘The north would win it — because Liverpool and City are the two strongest teams in the league in my opinion.
‘But I do agree with what I’ve heard a few other managers say — and that is in terms of, we’ve got enough to focus on. There’s enough games in the calendar.
The idea was first proposed by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly – who thinks the Premier League should introduce an all-star game to help raise money for the English football pyramid
The proposed fixture would see the best Premier League stars face off in an exhibition game
‘And that’s not from a European point of view, so they must be in an even more difficult situation.
‘But I know from managing Rangers, if you’re involved in Europe, the last thing you need is another game in the calendar.
‘It’s a nice idea — one that’s outside the box but unfortunately I can’t see it happening. I’d love to watch it though. I’d definitely have the popcorn out for that one. It’d be a good one.’
Boehly, who completed a £4.25billion takeover of Chelsea in May, has claimed the Premier League could learn a lot from American sports in creating more revenue.
American sports such as the NFL and NBA host an annual all-star game, with LA Lakers superstar LeBron James (pictured) a constant presence in the exhibition-style contest
In an interview at the SALT conference in New York, the 48-year-old said: ‘I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports and really starts to figure out, ‘Why wouldn’t we do a tournament with the bottom four teams? Why isn’t there an All-Star game?’
‘You could do a North vs South All-Star game in the Premier League and fund whatever the pyramid needed very easily. Everyone likes the idea of more revenue for the League.’
American sports such as the NFL, NBA and NBL host an annual All-Star game in which a number of the best players from across the league take part in an exhibition-style contest.
Gerrard made 504 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, scoring 120 top-flight goals. He also played for England more than 100 times during his storied career
The proposed North vs South All-Star game would see the best Premier League stars face off in an exhibition game.
Gerrard – who captained Liverpool during his playing career – would have loved the opportunity to play against the best in the league.
Gerrard made 504 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, scoring 120 top-flight goals. He also played for England more than 100 times during his storied career.
In 17 seasons at Anfield, Gerrard won a selection of domestic and European trophies including the Champions League in 2005.
GERRARD’S HONOURS AT LIVERPOOL
Honours: FA Cup 2001, 2006; League Cup 2001, 2003, 2012; Champions League 2005; UEFA Cup 2001; PFA Young Player of the Year 2001, PFA Player of the Year 2006, FWA Footballer of the Year 2009, PFA Fans’ Player of the Year 2001, 2009; European Super Cup 2001