Steven Gerrard has been and forever will be one of the most prolific players and leaders that Liverpool Football Club can pride itself on. But, as the saying goes, never look for happiness where you once lost it.
Gerrard’s leadership and loyalty are unparalleled, unquestionable, and irreplaceable.
About 18 months ago, he made us realise that his goals are not the only thing that could leads his fans into a frenzy, as called time on his career at England’s most decorated football club.
There were myriad feelings on the day he announced he was going to leave: some looked at it as serendipity, some needed CPR, however the majority of the fans sunk themselves in the melancholy pool.
But with rumours floating about that he is looking to return to the Premier League, with Liverpool apparently favourites to sign him, this would be a decision based on how much of a fan favourite he is, rather than how much he will contribute on the football pitch.
There is no doubt about his individual drive, talent, eye for the 40-yard pass, and top corner of the goal, but on the pitch, he will end up becoming a third wheel that could slow down counter attacks and lose out to pacey forwards with a late or mistimed tackle.
And who do you replace and where do you play Gerrard? Jordan Henderson is having a strong season, establishing himself as captain, while Georginio Wijnaldum has an immense work-rate and is known to score goals from midfield; the attacking players can’t be tampered with.
I am not opposed to having him at the club, just not as a player. The ship has sailed, and Liverpool have begun life after him – and how!
As a Liverpool fan, I would love to see Gerrard’s role evolve. Imagine he and Klopp on the sidelines together – will that be some heated but positive aggression!
It is time Gerrard imparts his experience and knowledge to the next generation of players, becoming possibly the best mentor for Liverpool’s current under 23s such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria, Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn.
The club and the fans will forever be indebted to his contribution, but let us not look to reopen stories from the past, because if he does return in a jersey, we could see more of the 2013-14 slip-up than the 2005 Champions League victory.
His return as a coach would allow him to have another impact – and a lasting one at that – at Anfield Road.
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