Arsene Wenger hails Liverpool’s ‘intelligent’ Steven Gerrard

Arsène Wenger singles out Steven Gerrard for special praise ahead of Liverpool's trip to Arsenal in the FA Cup

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Steven Gerrard
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard Photo: Back Page Images

Arsene Wenger has singled out Steven Gerrard for special praise ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.

The England international continues to be an influential force behind the Reds’ bid for Champions League qualification despite approaching the twilight years of his career.

When players are intelligent they find a way to adapt to fewer physical resources

Arsene Wenger

Gerrard scored Liverpool’s winner from the penalty spot as the Merseysiders twice came from behind to beat Fulham 3-2 on Wednesday night.

And Wenger was full of praise for the 33-year-old midfielder ahead of Sunday’s cup clash at Emirates Stadium.

“He is a huge player, Steven Gerrard,” said Wenger. “He’s always had a huge influence.

“If you look at the great results and great achievements of Liverpool over the last 10 or 15 years it’s always Gerrard who has turned the game.

“That sort of talent doesn’t vanish and remember he has more experience now. Yes, maybe he has less physical power than he had before but one compensates the other one.

“When players are intelligent they find a way to adapt to fewer physical resources and transform the knowledge they have into more efficiency on the pitch.”

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