Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what he feels happens to Liverpool when Steven Gerrard plays.
Gerrard was left out of the starting line-up as Liverpool lost to Manchester United before the international break, promptly sent off in under a minute when he was brought on from the substitutes bench.
“First of all, any side is going to struggle without three of their best players – when he plays, there is a serenity about Liverpool and I think Brendan got it wrong against United,” said Wilkins.
The red card Gerrard received against United means that the Reds will be without him while he’s suspended, meaning he misses some important games.
He’ll miss the match against Arsenal this weekend as well as the fixture against Newcastle in two weeks as well as the FA Cup replay against Blackburn Rovers next week.
Gerrard injects that experience, leadership and quality in possession when he plays and all of that will now be missing for the next three games as Liverpool chase a position in the top four.
It was not the way Gerrard would have wanted his final game against Manchester United to have gone, but he can still have an impact and give everything before he heads off to the MLS and A Galaxy at the end of the season.