With a new manager and new style of play arriving on Anfield, speculation has been rife as to where captain Steven Gerrard fits into the new regime at Liverpool.
Injuries have disrupted the iconic midfielder’s recent seasons and as the team look to adopt a more patient possession game, some experts believe the England international may be encouraged to dictate play in a deeper role.
Comparisons have been drawn between him and Paul Scholes, who after coming out of retirement last year quickly became an integral part of Manchester United’s squad, adding composure and quality to a much maligned central midfield.
However Gerrard feels he can remain the box to box midfielder he has always been. The 32 year old told The Mirror, “I think people want me to say I can’t play in the same way anymore. That I need to go deeper to control the game and play a slower game – but believe me, it’s not happening not yet.
“I’ve spoken to the manager about what role he sees me filling and he sees me as an attacking midfielder. That’s good because I believe passionately I can play a dynamic energy-type game. People keep mentioning Paul Scholes but he’s four years older than me!”