All greats have to step down one day and it is certain that Kopites will have to say goodbye to the Anfield pitch exploits of one of the greatest players of his generation.
Until then and with injuries taking their toll it is time to provide Stevie G with an accomplished midfield mucker. Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Ronaldo are part of teams that are light years ahead of a Liverpool team that has been punching above its weight for many years.
Gerrard has not had the luxury or the outlet of a world class teammate to share the burden with. He has thrived in leading with mesmerizing effect and has singlehandedly rescued Liverpool on uncountable occasions.
In this regard it is safe to say that often in his career Gerrard has been the best performing midfielder in the world.
Liverpool have promise in the likes of Shelvey, Coady and Sterling, but they may need to buy Galactico to provide their skipper with an endowed sidekick. Here I take a fans eye look at marauding box to box midfielders with a killer eye for goal who could prove to be the business.
Cesc has adapted to the English game and lifestyle, having been here since the age of 16. His passing, movement and shooting boots would be perfect for Kenny Dalglish’s pass and move game. Such a transfer would also signal greater attacking intent as opposed to the tight defensive counter attack play of recent years.
Fabregas is a pipe dream though, and he will only leave Arsenal to fulfil his dream of playing for Barcelona under his hero Josep Guardiola. That is unless Man City and Sheikh Mansour rewrite the football rules by breaking the intergalactic transfer record.
During a monster 2010, the incredible Sneijder was by far the most effectual player in the world. It’s a crime that his footballing merit did not earn him the Ballon D’or.
Sneijder would indeed present a prize capture and with the greatest of ease would become a midfield lynchpin. He possesses an astute football brain that enables him to effortlessly fulfil all the various midfield roles - attacking, Makelele, water carrier etc. Sneijder chips in goals with alarming frequency and is a dead ball expert. He is ambidextrous, allowing him to switch to any flank at the drop of a hat.
Modric is hard as nails, having experienced the Croatian war of Independence. The Tottenham star has broken the shackled imposed under Juande Ramos’ disastrous reign to blossom into one of the Barclays Premier League's leading lights.
Schweinsteiger has long been an established international and a mainstay of the German National team.
Like Gerrard the Bayern Munich vice Captain is big, athletic and strong, and is able to play wide when required to. Schweinsteiger has a goal scoring touch and can operate easily as a defensive midfielder or behind the front two. Germany have never lost when Schweinsteiger has scored.
Lambeth born Parker has represented England at every level and has a knack of scoring crucial goals. His recent effort against Liverpool at Upton Park was simply out of this world.
The tough tackling no holds barred West Ham talisman would be a welcome addition to any team let alone Liverpool. Parker, who did the McDonald’s keepie uppie advert during the 1994 World Cup is also fashioned in the Carra – Gerra mould. The ultimate motivator, you can count on him to bolster morale when the chips are down.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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