Liverpool legend Michael Owen believes that Steven Gerrard is the club's best midfielder, despite being dropped to the bench on the night of his 16th anniversary of his debut against Stoke.
Liverpool have endured a rough start to the season and rumours were surfaced that Gerrard may be on his way out of Anfield but the Reds boss has confirmed the club have offered the 34-year-old a new deal.
But ex-England international Owen said that the Reds skipper is a crucial member of the Liverpool team and the contract offer is just a reward.
Owen on Gerrard
The former Liverpool striker said on sportslobster.com: "He may not be the Gerrard of five years ago, but even if he’s slowed down a yard, he is the best midfielder at the club.
“Unfortunately, he’s reached the stage of his career whereby every bad game gets attributed to his age.
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“I don’t think he needs to move. He can still have a huge effect on the Liverpool team.”
Liverpool a shadow of themselves
Liverpool have struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League without Luis Suarez. Their situation hasn’t been helped by injuries to key players and their £16million summer acquisition, Mario Balotelli not living up to his price tag.
“They are searching for the form of last season," added Owen.
“I don’t think we will see the exciting brand of football for a while now, only until Rodgers reshuffles his squad and brings in players that fit the style of play.”
Leicester City 1-3 Liverpool
Gerrard returned to the starting line-up as Liverpool met the Premier League's basement club on Tuesday evening, and produced a pivotal performance to earn his side a second successive win.
Adam Lallana levelled for Liverpool following a Simon Mignolet own goal before Gerrard moved the Reds into the lead with a second-half strike. Jordan Henderson completed the scoring after Wes Morgan was sent off and Liverpool are now up to eighth.