Carragher suggests Steven Gerrard is a problem for Liverpool, offers solution

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Steven Gerrard needs a change of position.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is not afraid to get stuck into the ongoing problems at his former club.

The former England international is best known for his punditry nowadays, and has given his views on where it is all going wrong for his former teammate and close pal Steven Gerrard.

Carragher suggests the reasons are down to a lack of rapport with the forwards, and teams adjusting to his position in a deep midfield role, going man-to-man on him.

He told SkySports: "Over the years he's had fantastic relationships with Owen, Torres, Suarez and Sturridge. He knows where they are where the balls going. He hasn't got that at the moment with any of the strikers, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini.

"He's not giving that creativity going forward, he's getting man-marked. I think they'd be better off putting someone else there. This team needs protection. Stevie's not a great protector of the defence. He's in that position for diff reasons really.

"He's not a Mascherano, he's not going to give you much going forward (as it is), put a defensive player there, someone who will support the back four, keep a clean sheet."

"Put Stevie further forward. There's a lack of creativity in the team, Coutinho, Sterling, it's not there."

Liverpool have Lucas Leiva as an experienced hand to play as a holding midfielder, or youngster Emre Can. With Gerrard's influence waning, freeing him to move forward makes sense, if manager Brendan Rodgers views it quite rightly as adapting, rather thinking he would be admitting a mistake.

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