Liverpool fans debate Steven Gerrard’s holding midfield role

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Steven Gerrard was used as Liverpool’s holding midfielder in the 5-3 victory at Stoke on Sunday, with Lucas Leiva in a more advanced role than usual. It was a tactical move that has led to much debate.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 12, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the third goal against from the penalty spot  during the Premiership match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The inspirational captain was making his 650th appearance for the club and scored from the spot for the crucial third goal.

After the match, Gerrard explained that the ‘new’ role is where Brendan Rodgers has told him he will be used more often in the future.

“The manager’s told me, moving forward I’ll play this role a lot more,” Gerrard explained. “It’s going to take a little bit of getting used to, but I’ve played it many times for England and a few times for Liverpool in the early days so I’ll be comfortable in there once I get a few games in.”

Rodgers himself explained post-match to BBC Sport:

“He has got the personality to play in that controlling role.

“He gives us great variety in his passing. We saw today he picked it up from deep and stretched the game with his vision and quality.”

“He’s someone who fits the profile of that role; he does it a bit more with England.

“I have spoken to him a lot about it and it was just about timing. We saw today that he played really well. Steven showed great leadership as well.”

At 33 years old, Gerrard is unlikely to be a long-term solution in the role for Liverpool and The Reds have been linked with Yann M’Villa, the French holding midfielder, this January.

However, also due to Gerrard’s age, he is no longer able to play a more attacking role, particularly if Liverpool are to implement their high-energy pressing game in midfield. It’s certainly a conundrum for the manager.

We asked supporters on twitter for their thoughts on Gerrard as a holding midfielder. Here’s the best responses.

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