Dalglish hails Steven Gerrard

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has stated that he feels Steven Gerrard can play at the highest level for many years to come, and that his style of play will not change as he gets older.

The England international has been on the sidelines with a groin injury since March, but is set to start for the Anfield side against Manchester United on Saturday.

The skipper’s return will be a major boost for the Merseyside team, and their Scottish coach has spoken highly of Gerrard and ageing team-mate Jamie Carragher.

“Carra and Steven have been fantastic for this football club, whether they have been playing or not,” he told The Daily Mail.

“Anybody who is an asset to the football club I am sure we will look forward to keeping. I don’t have a figure in my mind and Damien (Comolli) has never told me a figure they have in mind that when they get to 30 they only get a one-year contract. You judge a player on what they are doing on the pitch. It doesn’t matter what their age is.

“I got a long contract when I was 33, which I couldn’t believe. If you are 20 and not making a contribution you are not going to get a contract. If you are 30 and making a contribution you have more chance of getting one,” he stated.

Despite Gerrard getting older, Dalglish still expects the midfielder to continue his barnstorming style of play.

“Steven is not on a Zimmer! When he plays, you’ll still see him charging forward. He did that against Wolves the other week when he came on. Steven isn’t going to change. He’s probably fitter now than he was before,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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