Collymore hints Liverpool can recapture Istanbul spirit to win title, one star influential - not Suarez

talkSPORT host believes midfielder's form will be key should the club remain in a strong position to vie for the crown along with Arsenal and Chelsea.

Influential all-action and lung-busting midfielder Steven Gerrard can win Liverpool the Premier League title much like he won them the FA Cup final in 2006 where his last minute equaliser proved vital in the club's eventual victory over West Ham United, as well as, of course, the 2005 Champions League final where Gerrard's heroics will live long in European memory as he was instrumental in a come-from-behind triumph over AC Milan.

That is the view of Stan Collymore, a talkSPORT host and former striker who represented the Anfield side for a two-year period in the mid-1990s, returning a goal every two and a half games, on average and forging one half of a strong partnership with Robbie Fowler.

Following Liverpool's match against Fulham on Wednesday evening, a game in which they fell behind twice thanks to an eighth minute own goal and a Kieran Richardson strike just after the hour mark, it was Daniel Sturridge who equalised first, rounding off a splendid goal, prior to Philippe Coutinho leveling a second time on the 72nd minute.

Brendan Rodgers looked destined to share the spoils at Craven Cottage had it not been for a Gerrard penalty conversion during injury time, as Liverpool left West London with maximum points, are now just one point away from Manchester City in third and four points shy of Chelsea.

Gerrard has been superb this season, like he has been throughout his career and even out-performs other influential midfielders at the club's title rivals, who also make key contributions all over the field. Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey sees the most of the football, with almost 90 touches per game on average, yet Yaya Toure at Manchester City has the most accurate passes per appearance.

Gerrard, like Ramsey, plays the most forward passes per match - at least 22 a game - yet when it comes to assisting his team-mates and creating chances, the Englishman is on his own, with nine assists and 50 chances, almost double Toure and Ramsey's haul of 26 each. Ramires, deployed more defensively at Chelsea than Gerrard, Toure and Ramsey at their respective clubs, obviously makes more defensive contributions such as tackles per game and amount of duels won.

PlayerClubTouch /AppAcc Pass /AppFwd Pass /AppChanceAssistGoalTackle /AppDuel Won /AppAppMins
Ramsey Arsenal 89.78 59.11 22.44 26 6 8 3.67 6.89 18 1,495
Toure Man City 83.79 65.79 21.29 26 4 12 1.67 4.54 24 2,092
Gerrard Liverpool 80.09 52.64 22.36 50 9 7 2.95 4.86 22 1,843
Ramires Chelsea 65.92 40.21 15.00 28 2 1 3.13 7.25 24 2,158

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