Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed Steven Gerrard to continue his career for a longer period in his new-found deep midfield role, according to The
The England international has recently found himself playing in a much more defensive position on the pitch, and Rodgers believes that this will help Gerrard continue performing for the Reds for longer – and the life-long Liverpool man is happy with his new position.
Only 18 months ago Gerrard had refuted claims that he would be taking on a more conductive midfield role for club and country, saying during Liverpool’s pre-2012-13 season tour of Boston: “I know what you want me to say. You want me to sit here and say that I can’t play the same way any more, that I have to control the game from deep and play a slower game – it’s not happening, not yet.
“Maybe as we work through the ages, maybe 33 or 34, then maybe I might be dropping a bit deeper.”
Now, at the predicted age of 33, Gerrard is relishing his newly-adopted “Scholes position.”
Rodgers believes that the move is the right one for Gerrard. He said: ““It is a position that I know excites him,” says Rodgers. “I always look at every player not only in terms of their favourite position but where else can we prolong them? That applies especially to older players.
“Every player is different. But it’s not as simple as putting him back into that role because he’s Steven Gerrard; it’s because I think he’s got the qualities to play and operate in that position at a very high level.
“Everything about his game fits with that controlling player; from how he co-ordinates a team with the ball, his range of passing, which is still at a top level, he is a world-class dead-ball specialist, and physically, in that role where you need to move from side-to-side to block spaces, he has shown he has got that as well. And he’s got the range to open up a game, short and long.”
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