Skipper Steven Gerrard says he is getting back to his best after describing his form over the first half of the season as “mixed”.
The 32 year old has played every minute of Liverpool’s 21 Premier League games so far this season and scored four goals, three of those coming in the last five league appearances a sign that means Gerrard’s peak performance level is about to return.
Gerrard told Liverpool FC magazine:
“I’ve had mixed experiences this season. I’ve passed some unbelievable landmarks for club and country, getting to the 600 games mark and winning my 100th cap for England. But with the slow start we made and being where we have in the league it’s been a bit mixed for me.
There’s my form as well. I’ve played well in some games but I’ve been disappointed with myself in others and I’m not happy with my goal tally at the moment. I think my performances are getting closer to where I want them to be so if I can add goals to those performances then maybe people will start saying the old Steven Gerrard is back.
I don’t think the manager’s asked me to do anything different in terms of the way he wants to me to perform but because of certain injuries, situations that have happened to the team and formations that we’ve played, I’ve naturally played a little bit deeper.
I’ve maybe gone into protection mode rather than playing the old Steven Gerrard way with the shackles off and going for the jugular. When you’re one of the experienced players in the team, the team’s more important than yourself and maybe I’ve sacrificed myself in certain games and tried to protect by playing deeper and be a controller with Joe [Allen] but now that Lucas is back, he gives me the licence to get forward a lot more so hopefully I can add some goals to my performances.
But I’ve got the buzz that the team’s improving and it’s going to get better. I’m confident that come the end of the season I will be satisfied with myself and the team because I do believe we can finish the season really strong.”
Steven Gerrard is top of the Premier League’s assist chart, with 8 assists and has scored 4 goals for Liverpool this season. Let’s hope our Captain fantastic continues his form against Manchester United this weekend.