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Steven Gerrard undeserving of PFA Players' Player of the Year nomination

The Liverpool captain has only come into form since the turn of the year.

It would be stretching it quite a bit to say Steven Gerrard has had a fantastic season but this is what his PFA Players' Player of the Year nomination would seem to suggest.

January brought a change of position for Gerrard and with it an upturn in his form. Up until that point the England captain had been poor however.

He did not figure in Liverpool's 5-0 demolition job of Tottenham at White Hart Lane in December and it appeared as if the Reds were a better, more balanced outfit without their talisman.

Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen complemented each others' qualities well in the game and serious questions were asked in the aftermath whether Gerrard should continue to be an automatic starter on his return to the side.

Rodgers, perhaps sensing his skipper's struggles, shifted Gerrard further back to play as an unconventional holding midfielder. That is, one whose own natural abilities were less Claude Makelele and more Xabi Alonso.

For anyone who has watched Liverpool in the second-half of the season the Liverpool number 8 is utilizing his passing range from deep to launch balls forward akin to a quarterback(note how he found Luis Suarez in the build up to the penalty which brought Liverpool's first goal against West Ham the other week).

So while Gerrard's defensive duties may have increased, his all-round game is perhaps coming more to the fore in this new role which has enabled him to flourish and perform consistently ever since.

Yet from August to December the very same player was, at times, chasing shadows. Liverpool's inability to dominate and control matches in that period owed much to Gerrard's legs having slowed.

BUT that was more exposed the higher up the pitch he was. Now sitting in front of the back four, shuttling from side to side, Gerrard can cover less ground the deeper he is.

All of this would explain his influential showings that have helped Liverpool carry a serious threat for the Premier League title.

Again though that should not cloud how bad he played in the first half of the season. It would be remiss not to.

Unfortunately the votes cast in the PFA Players' Player of the Year seemed to have done just that.

In the end these types of awards are supposed to take the whole season into account and recognize the players who have played to a high level consistently throughout. Not only in parts.

Stevie G's fight for the Liverpool cause cannot be denied and he will probably have a Premier League winner's medal to show for it when everything is said and done.

Teammate Luis Suarez is far more appropriate choice for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award of course. Gerrard is lucky to have even made the shortlist, especially when there are other footballers out there who warrant the nomination instead. One Jordan Henderson perhaps?

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