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Steven Gerrard to become a holding midfielder?

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made his name as a game-changing box-to-box midfielder. Now, he looks as though he could yet settle into a new role at Anfield.

In many ways, Steven Gerrard's career has seen the Liverpool legend come full circle.

The Reds skipper famously started off as a bright-eyed young right-back, before making his name as a box-to-box midfielder and supporting striker - notoriously during the days when Fernando Torres plied his trade at Anfield. Hard to imagine now, isn't it?

But this season, the 33-year-old is playing his football a lot closer to those good old days than he has been in recent years.

"We've been working on it during the week and the manager has told me that moving forward I'll play this role a lot more," Gerrard told reporters after Liverpool's 5-3 win over Stoke.

"It's going to take a little bit of time to get used to but I've played it many times for England and a few times for Liverpool in the early days, so I'll be comfortable in there once I get a few games in."

Boss Brendan Rodgers, too, has had his say to the media. And the omens are looking good for Stevie G in defensive midfield.

"I just feel that position is perfect for him. He's got the personality to play it. When you play in that controlling role, you need someone who can get on the ball," Rodgers told reporters.

"He gives us great variety with his passing, you saw a couple of times from deep where some might make a short pass but he opened the game up for us and stretched the game with his vision and quality.

"And I also thought he showed great leadership as well, he was sliding across, blocking lines of pass, he was dropping in, he was making headers. You saw him today and I thought he played it really well."

Will Gerrard's switch to holding midfield help prolong his career even further?

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