"Gerrard is definitely one of the best players in the world, that's for sure, and he's in great form at the minute," the Chelsea and England captain said.
"To be honest I'm dreading going there to play him because he is different class. Liverpool have got a great backbone with [José] Reina, [Jamie] Carragher, Stevie G and [Fernando] Torres. What a spine that is, but Stevie is the heartbeat of the team, similar to the way Frank Lampard is with Chelsea. It's going to be a big clash but we're thoroughly looking forward to it."