Football is a passionate game, both for fans and players. Steven Gerrard is lucky enough to play for the team he grew up supporting and for years the Liverpool skipper has played with his heart on his sleeve.

The 33-year-old has scored vital goals time after time for the Merseyside club, putting in performances that inspire those around him and showing the attributes required to wear the armband.

However, the current England captain has been less effective since taking a more defensive role at Anfield, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez often making the impact that their leader used to thrive on.

Saturday's 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium was a prime example of how the versatile midfielder has taken a backseat in the current side, showing little desire to get on the ball and make those defence splitting passes he is more than capable of producing.

Liverpool had their backs against the wall for the majority of Saturday's evening kick-off, a situation in which they would have usually looked to their number eight for inspiration. However, Gerrard showed little urgency in terms of lifting his side and swinging the tie back in their favour.

In his newly-appointed role in holding midfield, the skipper was restricted to simple passes into the wide men and rarely showed any form of creativity in attack.

With Arsenal's midfield running the show, the pressure was on Gerrard's shoulders to break up play and show the work rate that was needed by the rest of his team. Unfortunately, he failed to do that.

In fairness, there may be an argument in Gerrard's defence that his new position within the team isn't showing off his ability to its full potential.

However, the Gerrard of old would have grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and taken matters into his own hands. Instead, he was a shadow of the player he is capable of being and was ineffective in both halves of the pitch.

The Anfield captain is closing in on the autumn of his career and will be desperate to win a Premier League trophy before the curtains close.

And if he's ever going to achieve this feat, the club's idolised midfielder needs to rediscover the passion and pride that was once the driving force at Liverpool Football Club, because it's been missing for quite some time now.

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