Steven Gerrard could become a defender

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At 33-years-old, the surging runs of Steven Gerrard through the heart of defences have already started to tail off a little as he sits deeper in midfield, but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Gerrard can drop further back.

The Reds and England captain has enjoyed a new lease of life playing in a more defensive role in midfield by seeing more of the ball and having a bigger influence on the play.

However, Rodgers believes that with the way that most sides are playing now, in the future; Gerrard could end his career as a right-sided centre-back.

The Northern-Irish manager is looking for ways to extend Gerrard's career further in the same way that Sir Alex Ferguson, and now David Moyes, has done with the 40-year-old Ryan Giggs at fierce rivals Manchester United.

Merseyside-born Gerrard is in his 15th season with Liverpool and is only 47 games away from passing 500 Premier League appearances for the club. 

He told BBC Sport: "I look at Steven and I think he can play as a number two centre-half later in his career," The 40-year-old manager explained.

"You play against teams where they've got one up [front] and I think he can play as a right-sided centre-half.

"[He could] build the game from behind.

"How he passes the ball is as good as anyone in the world, short and long.

"So it's a possibility that he could go on, but it will all be determined by fitness.

"He is 34 at the end of this season, and I look at his fitness and I look at how he is playing and he is as fit as he has ever been. He is looking after himself.

"That player he was 10 years ago, dynamic and making those long bursting runs, of course that goes out of your game.

"Like you see with Ryan Giggs, you adapt and change."

The former Swansea manager is no stranger at experimenting with different tactics, he's had the Anfield outfit experimenting with the 3-5-2 formation at times this season and he looks to be getting things right.

The Red's are second in the table as they search for their first Premier League title. They face Hull City on Sunday.

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