Liverpool latest: Reds hero blasts Gerrard's role, but demands new contract

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Patrik Berger spent seven years as a Liverpool player, starring in midfield after arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 1996. Having retired over four years ago, Berger now has time to watch on as Liverpool struggle to get going this season, and the former Czech international says that manager Brendan Rodgers is using Steven Gerrard incorrectly.

"He’s 34 but still has such quality. In my eyes, he’s playing in the wrong position," he said. "He should be higher up the pitch, shooting, creating chances, finding solutions. He’d be more useful elsewhere. He still plays well where he is, but he isn’t used where he can make the difference. He still has the quality to do that."

Berger also says that the 34-year-old midfielder deserves a new contract, amid speculation that Manchester City want to bring him to the Etihad Stadium.

"Obviously, Gerrard leaving can happen, but I don’t think it would be the right move after all he has done for the club. They should find him a new deal and make him stay for good," Berger added.

Gerrard's career may be edging closer to its end, but his influence at Anfield is huge, and former Reds striker Luis Suarez has revealed how the former England international convinced him to reject a move to Arsenal in 2013.

"It would have been a big error that I would have made had it not been for Steven Gerrard," Suarez said. "We spoke about this when I went to Melwood to pick up my things at the end of the summer [following his transfer to Barcelona] and he said: 'You did the right thing, you waited until the best moment.'"

"He had told me to play well for Liverpool, give it another year and it will be Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona coming for you and then you can go where you want because you have the quality to play at any of those three clubs," continued the Uruguayan.

Finally, Liverpool continue to be linked with a move to sign Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard, and the 15-year-old has admitted that the Reds are his 'dream club'.

"Liverpool have always been my dream club," he said. "But I will not let this affect my decision when I choose a new club. It’s all about finding the team that is best for me and for my development. That is not necessarily Liverpool."

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