Liverpool have struggled in the opening weeks of the 2014-15 season, and so has their captain fantastic Steven Gerrard.
The former England international has been deployed in a deeper midfield role to prolong his career. After all, at the age of 34 Gerrard cannot run from one box to the other for the entire 90 minutes.
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers’s strategy worked last season, but it is not going so well so far this term.
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Liverpool have lost games and conceded goals that they should not have, and there have been calls for Rodgers to drop Gerrard. It is a seemingly impossible idea, especially when one considers how large a figure he is for Liverpool.
For someone who has given his all for the club and who has stayed with them through thick and thin, it would be unfair to drop Gerrard because of his poor performances in the opening few games of the campaign.
But perhaps for the better of Liverpool, Gerrard should be given more rest and played once every week. The injury to Emre Can has not helped Rodgers’s strategy to keep Gerrard fresh for every game, and at the moment the former England star seems set to remain in the starting line-up.