Does Gerrard Stat Show Terminal Decline Or Rodgers Blunder?
The debate rages on... Will Steven Gerrard stay at Liverpool?
A new contract has reportedly been offered to the 34-year-old but Gerrard continues to remain coy on the subject and has not answered as to whether he will remain at Anfield from next season.
After being benched by Brendan Rodgers at Anfield against Stoke on Saturday, raising speculation regarding Gerrard's future at the club, the midfielder returned to the starting line-up in last nights 3-1 away win at Leicester City. The captain bagged Liverpool's second on the night and his third of the campaign.
Without the movement of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge up front, Gerrard's long-range passing game has been nullified, leaving him to concentrate of a defensive midfield role which he is ill-suited to.
Opta powered fantasy football game Oulala has taken a deep look at Gerrard's performance stats from last season's campaign and from this season so far. In comparing his effectiveness in different areas the results echo that the missing Suarez and Sturridge has had a major influence in his creativity to decrease with his assists and chances created figures falling. In fact almost all of Liverpool's midfielders stats have dropped, some dramatically.
Is this merely a case of Brendan Rodgers using Gerrard incorrectly that can be solved with a tactical switch, or has age finally simply caught up with the Liverpool captain? Check out the statistics below and give your verdict