Barcelona ace Luis Suarez believes that Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is irreplaceable but backs his former club to overcome his impending exit.
The former England international skipper confirmed last week that he will leave the Merseysiders at the end of the season following a 19-year affiliation with the club.
Gerrard's decision to leave the Anfield outfit is said to be based on the probability of becoming somewhat of a part-player, similarly to Ryan Giggs during his latter years at Manchester United.
Yet, even if Gerrard isn’t roaming the midfield quite like he did during his prime, his lasting influence on the side is evident, and Suarez feels that he belongs in a small bracket of players which can be deemed as unique.
“There are a small number of players in the world that are irreplaceable, and Steven is one of them. Not just irreplaceable as a player, but also as a captain, and what he represents for Liverpool,” the Uruguayan was quoted as saying by The Mirror.
Suarez scored 31 top-flight goals last season for Brendan Rodgers’s side and came incredibly close to ending his time in England with a Premier League winners medal.
His goals were as a result of a fabulous partnership with fellow striker Daniel Sturridge, yet the controversial star also felt the club’s midfielders played a key role and backed them to overcome the void soon-to-be left by Gerrard.
“Liverpool are a great team though, big players will want to play for them,” he added. “They have great midfield players already there who can make a step up - and I am sure the boss is already thinking about replacements.”
Gerrard has started 17 Premier League matches this season, scoring five goals and assisting a further one.
With the Reds still in contention for the League Cup, FA Cup and the Europa League, there is still the opportunity for the 34-year-old to end his Anfield playing career in style.