McAllister – Gerrard key to getting best out of new players

Former Liverpool player Gary McAllister believes Steven Gerrard is the key to getting the best out of the Reds’ summer signings, The Liverpool Echo reports.

McAllister played with Gerrard when the club won the trophy treble in 2001 and believes the Reds skipper can help the new lads to shine. Liverpool spent £43m on new midfield players in July, but only Charlie Adam has impressed. Jordan Henderson has struggled for regular football and Stewart Downing has failed to set Anfield alight.

The Scotsman said: ‘I think the one thing missing from the midfield is the leadership of Steven Gerrard. I think Henderson, Adam and Downing would have benefited if the captain had been there to lead my example. It’s just been a wee bit unfortunate that during their brief period at the club, the captain has been missing’.

Gerrard has been suffering from an ankle infection and has not played since the 1-1 draw with Norwich City back in October. The Reds skipper is back in full training and is expected to make a return in the New Year.

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