Liverpool’s biggest problem is not having a replacement for Steven Gerrard. That’s the opinion of Manchester United legend Gary Neville.
Speaking ahead of the Reds’ Champions League clash against FC Basel on Wednesday, the former England international pointed out that there is not a single player in the Merseyside club's squad who can replace the 34-year-old.
‘The biggest problem that Liverpool have is that they don’t have anybody that they can replace him (Gerrard) with, not even come close to half the level of his ability', he told Sky Sports.
Neville went on to claim that because of the ability and experience of Gerrard, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will need to play him in every single big game.
Gerrard has reinvented himself as a defensive-minded midfielder and is restricted from making too many attacking forays that he used to.
|Competition||Goals||Total Shots||Shots on Target||Total Pass||Accurate Pass||Chances created||Goal Assist||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Steven Gerrard||Premier League||2||3||2||359||310||12||0||6||540|
|Steven Gerrard||Champions League||1||3||2||133||118||2||0||2||180|
The 2005 Champions League winner established himself as one of the best box-to-box midfielders during his younger days, but because of his age he has been deployed in a deep-lying role in midfield by Rodgers.
Last season it worked, but this campaign Gerrard’s performances have come under scrutiny. Irrespective of that, the veteran midfielder remains a key player for Liverpool.