Owen says statements on Liverpool's Gerrard are 'absolute rubbish', Carragher picks Sterling as best player

Michael Owen has praised his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has backed Steven Gerrard, claiming he is still the club's best midfielder.

The Reds have had to rotate him this season, with Premier League and Champions League football, but his form has also dipped in comparison to last season.

The reasons for that are plentiful, teams adjusted to his deeper lying role, while without Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, there simply has not been the movement up front for him to be effective.

He scored the club's second goal of the game in their 3-1 win over Leicester City, and former teammate Owen was vociferous in his support for the midfielder.

He wrote on his SportLobster page: "Unfortunately whenever Gerrard plays poorly its put down to his age.

"Absolute rubbish. He is still Liverpool's best midfielder, no question."

Another former teammate Jamie Carragher also believes that Gerrard's talent or age is not the issue, but it's simply about how he is deployed within the team.

While Owen may be confident Gerrard is the club's best midfielder, Carragher is adamant it is Raheem Sterling who has been the team's best player so far this season to date.

He was back to his best against Leicester, and provided a sumptuous backheel to set up Jordan Henderson for the club's third goal.

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