Reds skipper Gerrard is back in contention following his return from injury, but given the results in his absence and the influence of fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson, he is likely to start on the bench.
Despite his diminishing stance as the Anfield outfit’s most effective and indispensable player, Gerrard’s past achievements make him an all-time club great and in Pele’s mind among the best ever.
“Maybe people don’t remember, but Beckenbauer had the same style. I like Gerrard, he is a similar intelligent player. There is no doubt they’d both make my team,” the Brazilian explained.
Should Steven Gerrard start against Manchester United?
While there exists the general rule ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t try and fix it’ there are a number of good reasons why this Sunday’s encounter against United should be an exception for the Reds.
The Merseysiders head in to the fixture in fine form, unbeaten in 13 Premier League fixtures with five wins on the spin without their talisman Gerrard.
However, with derby clashes of such importance forms tends to get thrown out of the window and quality can be replaced by endeavour, passion and work-rate.
Gerrard still has those qualities in abundance, and with his leadership skills second-to-none his inclusion is a must and could prove vital in helping his younger teammates keep their composure.