Andriy Voronin has hailed his Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as among the best players in the world.

He told LFC magazine: "I knew all about Steven Gerrard before I joined Liverpool.

"He is one of the best players in the world. He proves that on a daily basis in training here and, of course, during games.

"It's great to have someone like that in the side. Obviously his skills help the team but it is his leadership that stands out. He supports his teammates all the time and is always encouraging us. If you are a new guy that is great benefit."