‘Liverpool need to find long-term Steven Gerrard replacement’

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson believes the Reds need to find a long-term replacement for captain Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard turned 33 back in May Photo: Back Page Images

Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool should start preparing for Steven Gerrard’s retirement and find a long-term replacement for the Reds skipper.

The 33-year-old, who has 19 months left on his current deal, has been in fine form this season as he continues to thrive under Brendan Rodgers, scoring his 100th Premier League goal against Crystal Palace.

Lawrenson rubbished criticism of Gerrard following a disappointing performance in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal earlier this month, and the former Reds defender still feels Gerrard is going to be very difficult to replace.

“To be honest, I would also be looking now to the long-term and who could replace Steven Gerrard,” Lawrenson told Liverpool Daily Post.

“Liverpool haven’t got a like-for-like replacement in their squad and, given what Gerrard brings to the team, whoever they bring in is going to cost a lot of money. It is something they must therefore get right. They can’t afford to make a mistake.

“Gerrard responded to criticism against Arsenal the previous week with a man-of-the-match display in the romp over Fulham last weekend.

“I despair with how, in the Premier League these days, you are judged on a single 90 minutes every week. It’s all immediate, knee jerk. People go completely overboard and don’t look at the bigger picture.

“Believe me, it will be a very dark day when Gerrard is not in the Liverpool team regularly because he is not going to be easy to replace. He is still a hell of a player.”

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