Steven Gerrard flourishing in holding role after shaky start

The Liverpool skipper is rolling back the years in his new position

The latest towering performances of Steven Gerrard have made a mockery of suggestions earlier in the season that his time in the Liverpool first-team was up.

Following Gerrard's absence in the 5-0 thrashing of Tottenham at White Hart Lane in December there were fans from some quarters salivating at the 'control' that the midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen offered in the game.

A 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at Anfield in January where Gerrard was below par gave further ammunition to the critics, but here we are in March nearing the season's thrilling climax and the man from Whiston is leading his team on, battle after battle.

In retrospect the 4-3 victory against Fulham was perhaps the turning point.

After Gerrard stepped up to take a penalty in the dying minutes which claimed three crucial points any reservations about his importance to this team were removed. Gerrard showed the kind of bravery and courage in making the decisive contribution at Craven Cottage that he has shown all his career. His legs may have gone, those traits have not.

The Liverpool number 8's adaption to the holding midfield role was a gradual process and if truth be told a painful one at times. But after the United thrashing over the weekend it is fair to say that process is closer to completion.

Marshalling the troops, snapping into tackles, pinging 50-yard passes or slowing it down with a smart sideways pass it is fair to say Gerrard is feeling ever more comfortable in the role Brendan Rodgers envisioned for him from the moment he first spoke to the manager.

The captain is now almost akin to a quarterback, and the last time Liverpool really had anyone in a similar mould was Xabi Alonso.

The club made a strong challenge for the title when the Spaniard played for the Reds. Perhaps they can go one better this time with Gerrard doing Alonso's great job.

Do you agree Steven Gerrard is doing a good job as a holding midfielder or do Liverpool still need a specialist player for the position?

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