Ian Rush comments on potential of Andrea Pirlo replacing Steven Gerrard at Liverpool

Andrea Pirlo Italy vs England

Ian Rush is not confident Liverpool will sign Pirlo, but he believes that the Italian would be a great player to have.

Speaking to TMW, Ian Rush has commented on the potential of Andrea Pirlo replacing Steven Gerrard at Liverpool.

The Reds legend said: “This [Liverpool signing Pirlo] I can not say, we'll see what will be the strategy of Liverpool. I just know that Pirlo is a great player and can give a lot to a great extent.”

With Gerrard heading off to MLS at the end of this season, it is clear that Liverpool need to sign someone to replace not only his talent, but also his experience and leadership in the middle of the park.

Pirlo certainly fulfils all three of these traits, and the 36-year-old shows no signs of slowing down in the coming seasons, despite his increasing age.

The Italian midfielder is looking to lead Juventus to Champions League glory this season, and there have been reports in AllSportsNews claiming that he will quit his homeland this summer to move abroad.

This may have opened the doors for a potential transfer to the Premier League, although a switch to Qatar is expected, and Liverpool would be unwise to not attempt to open talks with the classy midfielder.

The 113-capped Italian international, who has a World Cup winners medal to his name, is contract at Juve until the summer of 2016, but the report claims he is keen on a move away this summer, as he believes he has achieved all he can in Turin.

Physically he may not be able to cope with the rigours of the Premier League, but there are no doubts concerning his quality, and Pirlo could prove to be a fantastic replacement for Gerrard, when he departs Anfield this summer.

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