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Liverpool should consider dropping Steven Gerrard

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Liverpool's 5-0 hammering of Tottenham was a breathtaking affirmation of everything Brendan Rodgers is attempting to achieve at Anfield.

Fast quick passing with the attacking players roaming the pitch interchanging positions and dragging opposition defenders out of their comfort zone.

This performance was even more impressive than victories over Norwich and West Ham not just because of the difference in the quality of opposition, but because the whole team performed excellently, not just Luis Suarez.

This isn't to say Suarez didn't play well. He scored twice and led the line magnificently but it was the performances of the rest of the players that really caught the eye.

Lucas Leiva acted as the perfect foil to allow other players to express themselves. Raheem Sterling gave a performance that will be giving Kyle Naughton nightmares and Vietnam style flashbacks for years to come.

Jordan Henderson looked like a player worth his high price tag and Coutinho deserved at least a couple of goals for his efforts.

This fantastic performance away from home however, raises an interesting question. Should Steven Gerrard be starting in central midfield for Liverpool?

Although a player of undoubted quality, Gerrard seems to slow down Liverpool's play. Instead of playing the shorter pass that allow the Reds to start dragging opponents out of position he all too often plays the Hollywood ball.

As crowd pleasing as these sort of balls are, decent teams can too often defend against them.

Once that ball is played it is clear where it is going and defence and midfield shift over accordingly. This sort of adjustment isn't possible against the quick pass and move game Liverpool demolished Spurs with.

With the sort of game that Rodger's wants to see his midfield play it is no longer clear that Gerrard should be starting every game in middle of the pitch.

Rodgers has spoken about the possibility of Gerrard playing central defender over the next few years. This would make a lot of sense.

A Steven Gerrard Hollywood pass on the break from defence could instantly initiate a dangerous break. Plus Gerrard would theoretically have the ability to step into midfield like a modern day Lothar Matthäus driving the game forward whilst giving Liverpool the extra man in midfield.

Whatever happens don't be surprised if going forward over the rest of the season Gerrard no longer plays every minute of every game as he has done.

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