Florent Malouda believes Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard is a better midfielder than Steven Gerrard. Lampard scored his 17th goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday and Malouda insists his goalscoring record makes him stand out from Gerrard and his rivals.

"Who is best midfielder in the Premier League? For me it is Frank Lampard. I would never say Steven Gerrard," he said.

"Frank is so special because he is always focused on the opposition goal. He is always running and full of energy.

"But his game is not just about scoring goals. He comes from deep positions and that is why it is very difficult to keep him quiet.

"He is always moving and always seems to score. He is running midfield but seems to have the mentality of a striker. He is never happy if he doesn't score."