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No Place For Gerrard In The Current Liverpool Side

Ok, so the headline may be a tad dramatic, as headlines tend to be, but much of the chatter surrounding Merseyside yesterday was the long awaited return of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard but I’m struggling to see exactly where he would fit in.

Ok, so the headline may be a tad dramatic, as headlines tend to be, but much of the chatter surrounding Merseyside yesterday was the long awaited return of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard but I’m struggling to see exactly where he would fit in.

Now, we all know that Gerrard has been heralded as the saviour and Talisman for the Reds for many years and that hasn’t changed despite his injury plagued few months. But, having him out of the side has enabled the Liverpool midfield to shine, none more so than the dynamic trio of Jordan Henderson, Stuart Downing and Charlie Adam.

However, Gerrard will inevitably reclaim his spot in central midfield which means one of the others who have been performing superbly by my reckoning would have to give way, my only concern is that the person to do so will be Charlie Adam.

Since joining the Reds from Blackpool in the summer, Charlie Adam has been in marvellous form, breaking forward with a barrage of shots, set pieces, long range passes and all round play that Gerarrd himself would be proud of. In fact, at times Adam has looked very Gerrard-esque as he pings the ball this way and that. No one questions Adams performances since the start of the season, it’s certainly not form that should see him warming the bench, return of the prodigal son or not.

The only problem is the remarkable similarity between the duo, Gerrard and Adam will probably not play together most of the time. An unwritten rule in football is that your central midfield pairing should not have a similar style of play, as it just doesn’t ever seem to work, just ask any England fan that has had the misfortune to look on as the skipper and Frank Lampard have inexplicably never been able to play well together.

Both Charlie Adam and Steven Gerrard could be the same man, loving to burst forward and terrorise the oppositions defences. To have both marshalling the midfield would also be a dangerous move on Kenny Dalglish’s part. To have them both bursting forward will leave an obvious area and gap for the opposing team to attack. Of course, you could ask Adam to be more defensive, a role he undertook for Blackpool at times, but it is more likely that Lucas will be ask to play the defensive midfield role, as a player who has really come into his own taking up that position.

Obviously, it won’t be an immediate issue as Gerrard would have to be broken into the side gently as he looks to gain match fitness, but it will be interesting to see what tactic Dalglish will attempt.

Don’t misunderstand this article as something that is even suggesting that Gerrard should not play, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I, along with any other Liverpool fan, will be delighted to see the sight of the Liverpool skipper marshalling the midfielder once more, it’s been a while, but I hope that his return does not unsettle the effective equilibrium currently in the middle of the park or come at the cost of a place to Charlie Adam.

Only time will tell as to how the seemingly crowded midfield will work out….

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  1. Jonny

    September 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Na mate, you’ve got it all wrong. Stevie G will play just behind Suarez. The likely man to drop out will be Henderson, but KK has so many options that he can mix it up. It’s doubtful Charlie will be dropped. I expect both him and Lucas to anchor the midfield for more or less every game (injury/suspension aside)

  2. patrick

    September 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Spot on Jonny, Henderson will be the likely fall guy! Can’t understand where the author is coming from! Not typical Liverpool thinking!

  3. Paul

    September 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Henderson has only been played in every game so the team can get used to the formation that will be played when Gerrard returns.

    Its somewhere in between a 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 and on paper Gerrard will probably line up on the right hand side of a 4 in midfield but its very adaptable and almost any of the personnel fit into the system comfortably.

    Gerrard Lucas Adam Downing
    Suarez Kuyt

    This can easily change to:

    Gerrard Lucas Adam
    Kuyt Suarez Downing

  4. ricky

    September 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    How stupid is this headline again. If Stevie cant play in this line up sell him to Chelsea or Arsenal believe they would take him with open arms. Sometimes writing nothing is better than this headline.

  5. ifeoluwa

    September 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    How i wish this article wasn’t posted,it would have been so fantastic.I can’t see what the writer was trying to figure out! Stevie G will always be part of the team simply because he is an outstanding MF. You should allow the coach to handle this and not you!

  6. adeyelle

    September 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    This article is well out, SG will be part of the team and his understudy, henderson (who is still bedding in and learning a lot in his step up to big4) will give way. Henderson can still be brought in later on….but not at the expense of SG. mark my words, SG will come back in very strongly and wil add another dimension to the right win, cutting in and linking with Suarez. Looks deadly in my opinion…

  7. captain fantastic

    September 17, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Haha …r u serious ?? acc 2 Kenny, Stevie is the 1st name on the team sheet always, thats above even suarez
    if he cant play here,Rmad & Chelsea will still pay highly to take him 😛

  8. Kris

    September 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I dont think this author actually knows who Steven Gerrard is.

  9. french toast

    September 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Lol, love the loyalty for the prince stevie g… and i thought most pool fans had forgot about him after all the negative media about him recently.

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