Paul Scholes disagrees with Jamie Carragher over Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard playing for England v France - Euro 2012

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says Steven Gerrard's best position at Liverpool lies as a holding midfielder.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes Steven Gerrard's recent performances as an attacking midfielder will not continue.

After a season playing successfully in a defensive role, poor results this season saw manager Brendan Rodgers alter his plans and Gerrard responded with a goal against Leicester City in midweek. 

Scholes told The Independent: "I do not see his role as anything other than a holding midfielder. Playing in that No 10 playmaker role can be very difficult in your thirties. There is always a danger the game can pass you by, especially if the midfield behind you are not at the very top of their game.

"Lucas Leiva has his strengths but you could see in the game against Leicester that he struggles to get attacks moving when he is taking the ball from his own defence."

The deficiencies of Lucas though are not really reason enough to bring Gerrard back, and his comments are in disagreement with those of Gerrard's former Liverpool teammate Jamie Carragher last month.

He told SkySports: “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 sheets.

“And maybe put Stevie further forward. There’s a lack of creativity in the team, Coutinho, Sterling, it’s not there."

Where Gerrard's best position is may need to become consistently adaptable. The Reds are rotating him in and out of the match-ups, with games twice a week thanks to the Champions League, and they are picking and choosing when he plays.

Doing that in reference to where he plays is also worth sticking with, dependent on the opposition and those around him.

That may be tough on Gerrard who would like to be a constant and have some consistency, but the very fact his best position is being debated, suggests the cold reality that he just does not have one at present, and must fit where he is needed when he is required.

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