Jamie Redknapp says Steven Gerrard isn't to blame for Liverpool's inconsistency this season.
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has slammed ‘lazy’ criticism of Steven Gerrard and suggested his own reasons for the side’s inconsistency this season.
Gerrard scored a superb free kick to put Liverpool ahead in the Merseyside derby which was cancelled out by a thunderbolt of an effort from Phil Jagielka to equalise in the closing seconds of the game.
Redknapp has defended Gerrard and says he’s not to blame for the up and down results in the Premier League.
“I had to laugh this week when people started writing Steven Gerrard off. Liverpool have a few bad results and all of a sudden it’s his fault? Don’t be ridiculous,” wrote Redknapp for the Daily Mail.
“Liverpool have lost Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has been injured, so there are reasons why they are struggling. But it’s so easy to jump on the bandwagon and say people are finished. It’s just lazy.”
Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona over the summer, was always going to be a huge miss.
He was the top scorer in the Premier League last season despite missing the opening part of the campaign as he was suspended for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
His exit allowed Daniel Sturridge to move into a central role and he started the season well before a thigh injury while away on England duty halted his progress.
That put Brendan Rodgers’ team in a position where they were without their two main attacking stars from last season, as sides have found ways to mute their other attacking influences.
Teams are finding ways to nullify the pace and threat of Raheem Sterling while Mario Balotelli is still to produce his very best in Liverpool colours.
When a number of frustrating things all add up, the skipper is the obvious target because he represents the side and any inconsistency which is happening in the team.
The focus now switches for Liverpool, as they travel to Switzerland for a Champions League game against FC Basel before they try to get their Premier League challenge back on track with three points against West Brom on Saturday.