Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana told the Liverpool Echo that he doesn’t think the club will realise how much they’ll miss Steven Gerrard until after he’s left.
Gerrard announced earlier this season that he wouldn’t be renewing his contract with the Reds as he gets ready to move to LA Galaxy to play in the MLS, which will leave Brendan Rodgers with a big hole to fill in his side for next season.
“I don’t think what he’s done will really be put into context until after he’s left. Like everything in life, you don’t appreciate things as much as you should until they’re no longer there,” said Lallana.
“Stevie is irreplaceable. We’re losing a massive leader, a big character and a midfielder with world class ability.”
There is little point in Liverpool targeting a replacement for Gerrard because whoever the club looks to bring in, they won’t be the same.
Current midfielder Jordan Henderson looks like the man who will be given the responsibility of leading the side, while there will be a need for Liverpool to collectively pull together to compensate for what he was capable of in terms of drive and goals.
It looks as though Gerrard will end his career at Anfield with a few unanswered questions, but he will retain his popularity around the club because he personified everything that Liverpool fans are looking for in one of their players.
There have been spells so far this season where the Reds have already been forced to cope without Gerrard in the side and at times they have found it difficult.
However, if Rodgers makes the right decisions in the summer, the team can hit the ground running next year.