Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard needs a break, says Reds legend

Ian Rush says Steven Gerrard can't expect to play every game

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Ian Rush believes Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard needs a break.

The Reds captain is currently weighing up a new Liverpool deal after the 34-year-old has been criticised for his uninfluential performances this season.

Given the intensity of Liverpool’s schedule, he actually needs a break

Ian Rush

While Rush feels Gerrard has plenty to offer the Merseyside outfit, the Liverpool legend insists the former England skipper can’t expect to play every game.

“I thought about all this last week when Steven Gerrard was rested for Liverpool’s game against Stoke before he returned to devastating effect for the midweek win over Leicester,” Rush told Irish Independent.

“He wants a new contract and justifiably has been offered one. Yet at his age he cannot be offered the right to play every game. His body has to be managed. If rested properly, he can be as effective in every game as he was against Leicester.

“You look at how Frank Lampard is being managed at Manchester City. He has started just two of their 14 league games, yet has come off the bench seven times. They played him in the League Cup and have largely rested him in Europe, starting him just twice.

“Gerrard, in contrast, has started 13 of Liverpool’s 14 league games, and four of their five European games. The times he didn’t start, he came on as a sub. Given the intensity of Liverpool’s schedule, he actually needs a break.”

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