Stan Collymore has suggested that Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles shares similar qualities to former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard.
Lascelles has impressed at St James’ Park this season, guiding the team to three wins and a draw in seven Premier League fixtures.
The 23-year-old has marshalled from the back, but he has also scored twice to give the Magpies all three points.
Collymore, who played for Liverpool during his career, believes that manager Rafael Benitez may have another Gerrard on his hands.
The Spanish coach worked with the Liverpool legend at Anfield, and Collymore has suggested that the ex-Real Madrid manager is now moulding Lascelles into a similar version.
In his column for The Mirror the football pundit said:
“[Lascelles] is happy to call himself out, happy to call out teammates and his club, if he needs to. He demands standards, he is not afraid to ask questions and is a reminder that leadership is always an important quality. And where Lascelles is fortunate is that he has a boss in Rafa Benitez who worked at Liverpool with arguably the best captain in England – and maybe even the world – during the past 20 years.
“[Benitez] will have recognised how Gerrard managed Liverpool dressing rooms, something he can pass on to Lascelles. If Benitez has found a lite version of Gerrard in the Newcastle skipper, he will be very, very pleased.”
Benitez faced his former club on Sunday, and it was a positive result for the North-East outfit as they managed to seal a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park.
Philippe Coutinho put the Reds ahead with a stunning individual effort, but a matter of minutes later, Joselu found an equaliser.
Newcastle managed to frustrate Liverpool and pick up a point, which leaves them ninth in the league table.