Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has long been regarded as one of the very best midfielder's in the world.
He was responsible for dragging Liverpool back from the brink to win the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul, and his brace of magnificent goals helped his side to victory a season later in the FA Cup vs West Ham, in Cardiff.
Gerrard is renowned for his box-to-box explosiveness and his ability to score regularly from midfield, but his impressive form this season could soon see him regarded as one of the best, if not the very best defensive-midfielder on in the business.
Since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers from Swansea in 2012 Gerrard has been made to play much deeper for Liverpool, often sitting deeper in midfield than Lucas Leiva who, himself, is known to rarely venture into the oppositions half.
When Liverpool demolished Tottenham 5-0 away, earlier this season, with a midfield three of Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Lucas, some questioned whether Liverpool should continue to omit the club captain from the team. Some even claimed that Gerrard was "past it".
Gerrard was absent for the Spurs game as he was suffering a hamstring injury at the time. However, since his reintroduction to the side he has been magnificent in a season which has seen him net ten times and assist nine, thus far.
The days of Steven Gerrard making 60-yard bursts into opposition territory may have long gone but the 33-year-old is still blessed with the ability to play a killer pass like no other and is continually thriving and improving in his defensive-midfield role.
This more defensive role now allows us to see another side of Gerrard. His reading of the game is second-to-none and his ability to break up play before releasing one of Liverpool's deadly front-three; Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling is one of the reasons behind his clubs scintillating form.
The Liverpool captain recently bossed the midfield in his sides 3-0 win at the home of their greatest rivals, Manchester United. He kept his side ticking throughout and was inches away from being the first player to score a Premier league hat-trick of penalties, as he saw his third effort rebound off the upright.
As Gerrard's side lie second in the Premier League there is ever increasing talk of the Merseysider lifting the title with his boyhood club. This would be fitting for a man who would ultimately be seen as probably the greatest ever player not to win the league should he fail to do so.
The next six months or so could ice the cake of one of the finest players we've seen over the last couple of decades. Should Gerrard lift his maiden Premier League trophy, he'd lead England into action in Brazil as a man on an all-time high. This could only bode well for England and their hopes of ending their own drought - we all know the one.
Whatever the outcome of Gerrard's latest domestic campaign it is clear that the man remains one of the very best players on the planet, if not the very best in his adopted role.
After all, as the saying goes - form is temporary, class is permanent.
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