Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Do we want to see Gerrard - yes please?

The national papers have been full of columns devoted to the form and abilities of Steven Gerrard (Stevie G) in the last few weeks and months to be fair. Ever since he hung up his England boots, the media have been questioning how long the Red's favourite son of Merseyside can play two games a week and whether he needs to play further up the pitch or for less time each match. Stevie G has been an amazing servant to Liverpool FC and their supporters should savour every minute of games when he is still giving 100 per cent for them to win games. As a Bournemouth fan it was fabulous to see him play in the FA Cup against the Cherries last season and while he may not feature in the Capital One Cup match against the Cherries this week, I for one will be hoping he can come on if only for a few minutes.
Steven Gerrard is not a spent force yet
and his experience is important while Liverpool
go through this difficult spell.
The day when players have to reduce the amount of games they play for their team is always tinged with sadness, but their have not been enough greats like Steven Gerrard who have been the first thing you think of when a certain club on Merseyside comes to mind. He is the midfielder that many school children in England, and further afield, have looked up to for a generation and we have all been mesmerised by his long passes and forceful runs into the penalty area over the years.

To see him run out against AFCB again is being greedy I know. It is time that younger players for Liverpool showed that they have the quality and skill to be able to takeover from the legend more often now and that is what I expect for Brendan Rodgers to think. Yet, only last week we were reminded that Steven Gerrard can still hit an amazing free kick when he dumbfounded the FC Basle keeper with a stunning goal. I am glad he saved it for that game and hope AFCB learn that around the box, Steven Gerrard can still pick his spot with great accuracy.
Gerrard is a leader and Liverpool player's will look to him when he is on the field.
What scenario would pan out to give us a chance of seeing the great man on Wednesday? I would guess that AFCB would either have to be winning in a tight contest by a goal up and with 10 minutes to go for Steven to be risked. With another big fixture for Liverpool against Arsenal next weekend there is no need for them to make Gerrard play in the AFCB match, but not surprisingly I would be very pleased if the match pans out in the way I have described and we get to see a bit of Mr Gerrard at Dean Court.  

Even if Gerrard does not stretch his legs at the Goldsands stadium but does pen a new deal at Liverpool for next season, perhaps there will still be a chance that AFCB can make the jump to the Premier League, so that AFCB fans can get another chance to see him once more. I'll settle for that.

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