Gerrard can still play same way
Gerrard is now 32 and has had a number of injuries in his
career, leading to suggestions that his future may be more as a
However, the England international says he still wants to play
with the same energetic approach that has always been one of his
“I think people want me to say I can’t play the same way any
more, that I have to go deeper to control the game and play a
slower game,” he said in the Daily Express.
“But believe me, it’s not happening. Not yet. I can still play a
dynamic, energy-type game. I am prepared to adapt – I’ll do
whatever the manager wants – but I can still play the same
Gerrard has had discussions with new Reds manager Rodgers about
what his position might be for the next few years, and he thinks it
will only be a gradual change.
“The manager has spoken to me about what role he sees me
filling,” said Gerrard. “I still think he sees me as an attacking
midfielder, but as we work through the ages – maybe 33 or 34 – then
maybe I might be dropping a bit deeper. But I don’t think anything
is going to change this season.
“On the other side of it, I know I’m not going to be bombing
forward every few seconds without a care of what’s happening behind
me. I have to play with my brain and control and pick the right
time to go. I do appreciate I’m no spring chicken.
“There are people at the club who collect figures every day in
training and measure my heart-rate, the amount of running you
“They haven’t come to me yet and said, ‘Listen, I don’t think
you can play the way you have been able to play ‘. They will do
that one day, they’ll come to me and say, ‘You might need to adapt
your game’. But it hasn’t come to that yet.”
Gerrard is enjoying life under Rodgers and insists he has lost
none of his enthusiasm for training as he builds towards Saturday’s
Premier League opener against West Brom.
He explained: “Every day you have got a chance to show the
manager that you should be in his starting line-up. Even though I
am 32 I still try to impress the manager every day.”