Adam Lallana admits Steven Gerrard is irreplaceable

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Adam Lallana believes it will take a group effort from the Liverpool squad to replace Steven Gerrard next season.

Gerrard earned his side a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to still give the Reds a mathematical chance of finishing in the top-four this season.

The 34-year-old has been Liverpool's heart and soul for over a decade, however his Anfield career is set to come to an end at the close of the season as he's set to move to MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy.

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The Huyton-native is regarded as the Premier League's best ever player by many and is the Merseyside outfits top scorer this season with 12 goals in all competitions.

Liverpool will be missing a heartbeat in the heart of the midfield which may be irreplaceable when Gerrard departs for the West Coast of America, however, Lallana insists that his team-mates must work even harder to replace the Reds skipper next campaign.

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"I don't think the Premier League or Liverpool realise what we're going to miss out on next season," the former Southampton man told

"I feel we're all going to have to give an extra percentage [to fill the gap]. We all need to dig in and work hard because he is irreplaceable, really.

"I feel the best way to replace him is not just through one certain individual; it's going to be a combination of every single player. He's proved today and last week [against QPR], coming up with a goal, what a man he is and what a player he is for this club."

Mr Liverpool

Liverpool is a club embedded with history and with the vast amount of success achieved over the years comes a whole host of legends.

Throughout the years, from Ian St. John to Kenny Dalglish to Jamie Carragher, there have been a number of master-class acts who've written themselves into the Anfield history books.

For many, however, Steven Gerrard has surpassed his peers and become the club's greatest player. His effort during Liverpool's Champions League triumph in 2005 was monumental as he carried his side through more than one clash and started the revival when 3-0 down to AC Milan in the final.

Gerrard hasn't been blessed to play with the world's top talents for his complete career. Sure, he's partnered the likes of Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Luis Suarez, however, when Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Kevein Keegan were playing, they were alongside a team flooded with talent.

Gerrard has took the field with some top-class footballers, but also some very average one and carried them and his team to glory. 


The academy graduate's Anfield career is finally coming to an end and now Brendan Rodgers must work out who will replace Gerrard's presence in the midfield.

Jordan Henderson looks set to take the captain's armband next campaign, however, he does not look like a convincing surrogate. He is more of a work-horse in the centre of the park and, although he's improved on the ball going forward, there is still work to be done.

Emre Can has played the majority of his maiden season at the Merseyside club in defence, but, he is a natural midfielder. During his performances when playing at the back, he gets forward based on instinct and drives at the opposition defence. He looks a player who has everything and could be the one to fill Gerrard's boots.

Rodgers could also be tempted to bring in a new recruit to replace Gerrard. Yohan Cabaye's career at PSG has been disappointing after barely given a chance to shine in the French capital and he could jump ship to Anfield if the right offer was made. 

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