Where Steven Gerrard should play for Liverpool between now and the end of the season

Gerrard taking a corner

Steven Gerrard's return to fitness doesn't necessarily mean he'll start.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces a selection dilemma between now and the end of the season with Steven Gerrard returning to fitness after sustaining a hamstring injury last month.

The Reds have been in decent form in their captain's absence, with the midfield pairing of Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson proving to be pretty effective, while a pairing of Philippe Coutinho with either Adam Lallana or Raheem Sterling ahead of him proving to be a dangerous mix for any opponents to face up to.

It's hard to see where Gerrard gets into the Liverpool first XI and does an effective job between now and the end of the season when all of the players are available.

Personally, I feel Gerrard should be kept away from the midfield pairing unless there is something of an injury/suspension crisis when the squad is a little on the thin side, then he should be played in a deeper role. There is also the return of Lucas Leiva to factor in, who has been impressive when he has featured this season.

Further forward, he has proved he can still be effective in the side having caused Chelsea problems in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final. Even if he doesn't last the full 90 minutes he can prove to be an effective individual.

The side seems settled, and it would make sense to use him as a rotation option, even as an impact substitute. Brendan Rodgers has said he has something to offer, but the worry for Liverpool fans will be if he disrupts the balance of the team. 

He still has something to offer, notably his drive, instinct and his ability on the ball which points to him being more effective the closer he operates towards the final third. If he is to play, he'd be most effective acting as support for the main striker.

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