Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana told the club’s website he doesn’t feel there is any way the club can replace Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard leaves the Reds at the end of this season to go and play in the MLS for LA Galaxy, leaving Brendan Rodgers with a difficult task over how to replace him ahead of next season.
The club could throw money at the problem to try and bring in new signings, but Lallana has suggested there needs to be more of a collective effort from the entire squad.
“I feel we're all going to have to give an extra percentage [to fill the gap]. We all need to dig in and work hard because he is irreplaceable, really,” he said.
“I feel the best way to replace him is not just through one certain individual; it's going to be a combination of every single player.”
As Gerrard has got older, his position has changed and he’s become less of the dynamic attacking midfielder he created his reputation around.
He’s still capable of offering a threat in the opponent’s final third, but it’s going to be a real challenge for the club to compensate for the different roles and qualities he provides all over the midfield.
There is cover in the squad and the team has coped without Gerrard at times this season. Someone like Emre Can could step in front of the back four to provide a controlling influence, while Jordan Henderson could nudge further forward to offer some support to the likes of Philippe Coutinho.
Gerrard will always go down as one of Liverpool’s great players and Rodgers could spend years trying to replace him, getting nowhere in the process.