Steven Gerrard has admitted he does not know what goes on in Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos’ head.
Morelos an issue
Morelos is not currently in the best run of form. On paper, five goals from 13 games is far from disappointing, but it is worth mentioning that he has netted in just three matches in all competitions. Against Standard Liege on Thursday, he put in a terrible display which was roundly criticised by many supporters.
Speaking ahead of the match against Livingston, Gerrard admitted:
“I don’t know what goes on in his head – I wish I did. I think you have to appreciate what Alfredo brings to the team.
“You guys in the media judge him on goals, numbers and records, which is fine. You are doing your job.
“But I judge Alfredo on what he gives the team in and out of possession. Do the players want him in the team?
“Do they feel like they need him? Does he help in different ways? Of course we all want goals and that is a big part of his job.
“But just because he’s not on the scoresheet doesn’t mean he hasn’t done the job for the team or we’re not happy with the job he has given.”
At his best, Morelos is a lethal striker, as he has shown with 82 goals in 151 games for the Ibrox outfit. However, he is a livewire whose temperament often gets the better of him. He has received seven red cards in three years in Scotland, whilst he was lucky to escape punishment for slapping Scott Brown on the back of the head in the Old Firm last weekend. He was even involved in the fracas after the match against Liege, despite being substituted previously.
Is Alfredo Morelos a liability?
The £13.5m-valued Colombia international (Transfermarkt) can be a liability, and if he is not concentrated on the matter at hand he has a tendency to do stupid things. Gerrard does not say this is the issue directly, but you get the feeling he is a player about whom the manager needs to worry a lot more than others.
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