Another Liverpool season filled with so much promise, only for it all to be doom and gloom by November. Roy Hodgson was suppose to be the man to steady the ship, the talk of a front three of Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres got Liverpool fans excited for the new season, however it never materialised.
Fernando Torres never showed his true colours, looked disinterested throughout Hodgson’s reign and Cole’s Anfield career never got started following suspension then injury. So with Liverpool realistically looking at Europa League football again next season what does this mean for the future of Steven Gerrard.? Here are 5 reasons as to why the situation could change come the summer.
The Form of Raul Meireles.
While starting off slowly in the red shirt, Meireles has become a bit of a hero in recent weeks with 5 goals in his last 6 games. A couple of screamers to note but his key goal against a Chelsea line-up that included debutant Torres will be remembered as a high point in a somewhat disappointing season for Liverpool fans.
Could Meireles now be the goal scoring midfielder that Gerrard isn’t? Gerrard use to average 20 goals a season but his rate has somewhat dipped in recent times with 12 last season and only 8 so far. Meireles is now entering his peak at 27, playing behind the striker in Gerrard’s old role, is there a cause for which he could take this role on permanently?
Gerrard is now 30 and will be 31 come the end of the season. I think it is fair to say his best years are behind him. Who would doubt his commitment to the Liverpool cause? There are endless memories of Gerrard’s heroics, most memorable are of course Istanbul and the 2006 FA cup final against West Ham dubbed “The Gerrard Final”.
However there have not been too many match winning moments in recent times, is this down to a lack of quality or is Gerrard losing his influential status on the pitch?
Despite Gerrard’s age I am sure there would be a few clubs still willing to pay anything up to £30 million for him. Manchester City have no limits to their spending and may buy him simply as a statement to other rivals.
Real Madrid have been linked with Gerrard in recent times and Jose Mourinho is certainly a long term admirer of the midfielder having tried to sign him at Chelsea, twice! Getting £30 million on a player at the age of 31 would be considered good business by Liverpool who could use the money on two up and coming stars.
Liverpool have constantly relied upon Gerrard and Torres over the last couple of years, and therefore being labelled a two man team. It was true that on many occasions Liverpool did struggle when either of these were missing. However now the shadow of Torres has been lifted and Liverpool have two quality strikers to aim at, they can become more of a unit.
The owners have been prepared to back Dalglish so far and while paying way over the odds for Carroll they acted swiftly to get a replacement. Liverpool’s rebuilding should continue in the summer, it is just a case of whether it will be built around Gerrard or whether they see it best to part company with their talisman.
Gerrard May Feel Enough Is Enough
If there was ever a player who deserves a Premier League winners medal Gerrard would be right up there for me. Maybe at his age he may feel now is the time to move to a team that can provide him this medal and the trophies he deserves. He could alternatively move abroad as previously mentioned to a club like Madrid for a couple of years in the sun.
Everyone doubted Torres would leave when Chelsea came calling in January, me included, but it turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the January transfer window.
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