Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has suggested there is too much pressure on the shoulders of Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard featured in the 3-1 League Cup quarter-final win against Bournemouth last night, but has been muted in recent Premier League and Champions League performances for the club.
One of the suggested reasons for that dip in performance is the way he’s being asked to cover different positions and play different roles in Liverpool’s midfield.
However, Redknapp has cited Manchester City star Yaya Toure in terms of how Gerrard’s current role and impact with this Liverpool side should be viewed.
“I think we're really complicating the Steven Gerrard scenario - Look at Yaya Toure last year. We didn’t pigeon hole him as a defensive midfielder or an attacking midfielder, he just attacked and then defended when they didn’t have the ball,” he told talkSPORT.
“His [Gerrard’s] head is minced. He’s not quite sure where he’s playing – we just have to let him play because he looks like he’s not enjoying his football at the moment. He looks like he’s suffering and playing within himself.”
Gerrard is Liverpool’s most important player for a number of reasons but predominantly because he’s their leader.
The Reds can use the win against Bournemouth as a way to create some momentum and drag the side out of a very difficult period of results.
Gerrard will be key against Arsenal this weekend, especially if the game doesn’t start well for Liverpool and they end up chasing the match if the Gunners’ talented attack starts to pull away.
In terms of his position, he’s got enough experience and quality to play anywhere across the Liverpool midfield. It’s time to just leave him alone and let him get on with it, dragging the other players along with him and grabbing them by the scruff of the neck.