Neal - who won an incredible four European Cups as a Liverpool player - told Goal.com:
"If Stevie G was around when I was playing he would have won a place in our team. Bob Paisley put some great sides together but I think Stevie would have got into all of them. I don’t know who you would have dropped but there would have been a place in the side for him"
Souness, who played alongside the likes of Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish, Ray Kennedy, Phil Thompson and Neal himself during that glorious period, disagrees with his old team-mate, and argues that Gerrard would've been warming the bench under Paisley:
"I think he would struggle to get into that [Paisley's] team. I don't think Gerrard would want to play in a wider area. Unless he was prepared to do that, I don't think he would dislodge Terry Mac...or latterly, Ronnie Whelan, who was a fabulous player; and he would not replace Ray Kennedy.
"Make no mistake: Steven gerrard is a genuine star. He's carried Liverpool in their recent history, and he's been absolutely magnificent, but if you're looking to get the best out of him there are only certain positions to play him".
Souness makes some good points, and as the focal-point of that great side, he knows what he's talking about. However, he does get one thing slightly incorrect: McDermott did not score 25 goals ever season; he scored 22 and 20 respectively between 1980 and 1982, and his overall average outside that was about 8 goals a season.
So far, Gerrard has averaged 14 goals a season over his Liverpool career, and if you add on assists, then it his overall creative output looks even more impressive.
So - who is right: Souey or Neal?