Frank Lampard has heaped praise on Yaya Toure as he prepares to leave Manchester City after eight years, calling him one of his top five midfield opponents.
However, Lampard admitted he doesn’t quite make it to the top of the list. saying that his co-pundit on BT Sports, Steven Gerrard, is the best he has ever come up against.
Toure will leave the Etihad this summer having lifted three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup during his time in the North West.
He was key during the earlier campaigns of his City career, and Lamaprd even got to see his influence first hand when he joined them during the 2014-15 season.
And talking about his former team-mate, he revealed he rates the Ivorian as one of the best to have ever graced the Premier League.
‘I would put Yaya Toure in the top five of the toughest midfield opponents I faced in my career, and at his peak he could change games on his own,’ Lampard told BBC Sport.
‘Steven Gerrard probably edges it as the best I have played against, for his consistency over the years, but Yaya is up there along with Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira and Paul Scholes – which shows how highly I rate him.’
‘Every midfielder has different attributes but the best players are the ones you fear, and I certainly did that when I was up against Yaya,’ Lampard explained.
‘Even some of the very best play within themselves slightly, but he didn’t. He would hurt you by going forward and by scoring goals at the end of it, which is always a great trait that not many midfield players have.’
Lampard currently works alongside Gerrard on BT Sports, but their partnership will end this summer, with the former Liverpool midfielder taking up the role as Rangers manager on June 1.