"In my opinion Steven Gerrard is the best player in his position anywhere in the world. He is magnificent," he said.
"At times it seems like he can win a match all on his own. He has such ability to dominate a game, to turn a game around or run away with it.
"He scores goals, he makes goals and he stops goals. He is the all round, all action midfielder. He is a great guy and a good friend.
"When the draw was made I was looking over at Bolo Zenden to see who we would get. And as soon as Liverpool were drawn I was straight on the phone to Steve. I said to him: 'Are you ready for this?' and he just laughed and said: 'Yes, we're ready for you'.
"So it will be great to go back to Anfield and see all my other friends there. I think it will be very special although a little strange wearing a different coloured shirt.
"But I'm sure the atmosphere will be amazing. There is something incredible about the big Euro nights at Anfield, maybe because the club has such a great tradition in European competition."