Steven Gerrard is on his way out of Liverpool at the end of the season, and with that nearing some may wonder about what his role in the team will be for the remaining fixtures.
Throughout his whole Liverpool career he has nearly always had a regular place in the starting line-up, and it would be sad to see him starved of action on the field during his last matches in a red shirt. Unfortunately this may, however, be the case.
One reason he might find less action during the run-in is the form of the Reds' other central midfielders. Jordan Henderson is arguably the club's most valuable player and most would suggest he is our first picked central midfielder each week.
Of late Joe Allan has partnered Henderson, with his form also being quite exceptional it takes a brave man to suggest that partnership should be broken.
Lucas, before he got injured, was the regular partner for Henderson in midfield, and now he is fit again, some may suggest the battle is between the Brazilian and Allen for the role of side kicking Henderson.
Liverpool playing well without Gerrard
It is also important to note that the Liverpool side excelled in Gerrard's absence when he was out with hamstring issues over the past month, adding to the argument that he may not be needed to play a regular starting role in the team.
We must also take into account the sending off against Manchester United and the three match ban that came as a consequence. It isn't until the West Brom game that Gerrard is able to play again, so would it be worth changing the team with just five games to go? Probably not.
Taking everything into account, it is fair to assume that the only way Gerrard gets starts in the league for Liverpool before his departure is that two of our central midfielders get injured or that Brendan Rodgers believes in fairy tales and happy endings, which I highly doubt.
This being the case, the best we can hope for until the end of our beloved captain's Liverpool career, is limited game time off the bench.
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