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Steven Gerrard confident he can still hurt teams

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that he still has what it takes to make an impact, despite his changing role in the team.

The England international has switched to a more deep-lying role in midfield as his years have advanced, but he still has the belief that he has what it takes to hurt teams in an attacking sense.

In an interview with the official club website, the Liverpool legend said: "If you play around good players, they make good movement and put themselves in good positions. My job and what the manager wants me to do from my position is to try to create and be a playmaker in there.

"Maybe I'm playing a little bit deeper this year but I can still get into areas where I can hurt the opposition. That's what I'm trying to do. I wasn't aware of the stat but it's nice and I'd like that to continue until the end of the season."

The goal rate may have also slowed down slightly, but his free-kick away at Hull on Sunday made it three for the season - all coming from set-pieces.

However, in a creative sense the Reds captain is still at the top of his game, despite his less advanced role - he has still played more key passes than any other player in this Premier League campaign.

And his set-piece skills remain key to Liverpool, most notably in last weeks Merseyside Derby where two of Liverpool's three goals came from a Gerrard delivery, including Daniel Sturridge's late equaliser.

"Communication on the training pitch and also in the games is vital," he added. "I knew exactly where I wanted to put it; putting it there is a different matter.

"I actually hit one right where I wanted it, and told him where to run and where to be. But it's still hard to finish those chances off, so he deserves 50 per cent of the credit as well. We do work on set-pieces. It's a part of my game that I've tried to work on all my career - to put good deliveries into the box.

"I've been putting the ball in really good, inviting areas and the forward players and defenders have been finishing them off. The statistics in football, when it comes down to set-pieces, are huge and can be the difference between winning big football matches and where you finish at the end of the season.

"It's important that we keep scoring from set-pieces, but also that we tighten up and become more aggressive and ruthless when we're defending our own goal."

Gerrard will next be in action for the Reds on Wednesday night, when Norwich City make the trip to Anfield. And, he'll be hoping to inspire Brendan Rodgers' side to victory after the weekend defeat to Hull.

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