Avram Grant admits he would love to take Steven Gerrard to Chelsea after revealing his admiration for the Liverpool captain.
The Chelsea manager is preparing to face Gerrard and Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield on Tuesday in what could be a key match for his future at Stamford Bridge.
However, the Israeli has turned the spotlight on Gerrard and claims the impact the 27-year-old has on the Merseyside team makes him the best player in England if not in Europe.
Grant said: 'Gerrard is a great player and a great person.
'For me, he is the player of the year in England, and maybe in Europe, because of the influence he has on the team.
'I like him very much as a player and I know him.
'He is a nice guy and an example to others.
'He plays against me but he is still my favourite player.'
Chelsea have previously tried to sign Gerrard and Grant added: 'If you can bring him to me, I will be happy.'