Gerrard eager to maintain attacking threat for Liverpool
Steven Gerrard has said he still believes he can play as an attacking midfielder for Liverpool, Sky Sports has reported, despite admitting he will likely have to stick to a deeper role in the coming years.
Gerrard scored his 100th Premier League goal with a penalty in the Reds’ 2-2 draw at Newcastle in their last outing and believes the formation employed by Brendan Rodgers, something approaching a 3-4-1-2 set-up, offers him the chance to join in Liverpool’s attacks on occasion.
“I can get forward slightly more in this formation knowing that I have got three defenders behind me,” the Liverpool and England captain said. “In general, whether the system changed or not, I have spoken to Brendan and he wants me to pick and choose my runs.
“Everybody understands that I'm not 21 anymore where I can burst into the box at every opportunity. With experience, I hope I can pick the right times for those bursts,” Gerrard added.
Gerrard did however confirm a position more in front of the back four is probably in his long-term future, but the 33-year-old pointed to his recent contribution for England as evidence he can still cause problems for the opposition in the attacking third. “I'm not going to become an out-and-out holding midfielder just yet,” he insisted.
“With the goal against Poland, I saw the opportunity late on and still had the energy to burst into the box and managed to get a toe on to it and settle everybody's nerves. Hopefully I have a few more of those in the locker before I become an out-and-out holding midfielder.”
Gerrard’s 100 league goals came in 449 appearances, with Gerrard also claiming 12 FA Cup strikes in 36 games, nine goals in 27 League Cup matches and 39 in 124 appearances in various European tournaments, and one goal in four games in other competitions. In total, he has 161 goals in 639 games for Liverpool.
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