Can Steven Gerrard’s new position bring England the same success as Liverpool?

Steven Gerrard playing for England v France - Euro 2012

Steven Gerrard has been as influential as ever in Liverpool’s incredible season, despite being played deeper than usual, and he could help England by playing in the same role.

The Liverpool and England captain has had one of the finest season’s in his career, and he has claimed he is entering the biggest month of his career as Liverpool remain on track to lift the Barclays Premier League trophy come May 11.

Another inspirational performance in Sunday’s crucial 3-2 win over Manchester City saw an emotional Gerrard bring his team together at the final whistle, as he attempts to lead Liverpool to their first league title since 1990.

The 33-year-old is no longer running the length of the pitch with the ball and shooting from distance, he has matured as a player and is now running the show from a much deeper position in the side.

Brendan Rodgers has to be given enormous credit for dropping Gerrard into a deep-lying playmaker role in the side, and his new position is a large reason as to why Liverpool are so dominant.

The Reds skipper is always in space, starting a move before dropping back between the two centre-backs at times when Liverpool are in possession of the football.

He then allows the pace of Liverpool’s attackers to create chances, or receives the ball with plenty of time and delivers pin-point accurate passes to Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge, creating chances from deep within his own half.

Despite his deeper position, Steven Gerrard has still created more chances than playmaker, Philippe Coutinho, in the side this season.

The defensive side of his game is just as crucial, as he breaks up opposition attacks in the middle of the park, before starting a dangerous move of his own.

Gerrard has made more tackles and interceptions than some of Europe’s finest, including Andrea Pirlo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Xabi Alonso.

He scooped the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award for March, sharing with Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez, in what was his first reception of the award since March 2009, further proof that he is playing his best football for years.

Gerrard can take his form into the World Cup with England, and Roy Hodgson must allow him to operate in the same role as he has for Liverpool this campaign.

England will rely on Gerrard’s experience and his new role will only improve the national side, especially with the attacking potential at Roy Hodgson’s disposal further up the field.

The likes of Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley, if selected, would benefit hugely from Gerrard’s position deeper in the side, as they could create chances further forward, whilst knowing that their defensive duties could be covered by the captain.

His long balls over the top of opposing defenses could cause the same problems for national sides as it does in the Premier League, with Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney, rather than Suarez, running in behind.

England’s first match of the World Cup against Italy will provide us with an intriguing match-up as two midfield veterans face up to one and other in Steven Gerrard and Andrea Pirlo and whoever comes out on top in that battle will likely see his side win the match.

Gerrard was the only English player to make UEFA’s European Team of the Tournament two years ago, and he looks set to be influential once more, and Roy needs to utilise him as Brendan Rodgers has done so successfully all season long.

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