Liverpool sees Ajax’s Christian Eriksen as replacement for club legend Steven Gerrard
Liverpool needs to start preparing for time without Steven Gerard. Their charismatic skipper has only a couple of years left before he finally hands over his armband and hangs up his boots. Recent rumors have revealed that Liverpool see Ajax’s Christian Eriksen as a possible replacement for their Captain Fantastic.
The Reds have yet to release an official statement about their interest in Christian Eriksen, but they have been linked with the Dane in the past as well. Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen claims he is flattered by the links suggesting interest from Liverpool, but all he is concentrating on bringing out his best for Ajax this season.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder told Tipsbladet that he intends to keep his focus on playing for Ajax for now, in spite of the rumors suggesting him to be Steven Gerrard’s successor. The Denmark international’s contract with the Eredivisie Champions expires in 2014.
“It's very nice that one of the big clubs is looking at me. It's very special, but I haven't been thinking about moving clubs at all,” Christian Eriksen said.
Last season, Christian Eriksen revealed he was going to stay in Amsterdam for one more year, which means Christian Eriksen could be open to a move this summer.
“We don't know yet [what will happen]. It really depends on the season and how things are looking in the summer,” Christian Eriksen said.
Christian Eriksen has drawn comparisons with Steven Gerrard – the Powerhouse. Moreover, Christian Eriksen playing style is somewhat similar to Barcelona’s world class striker Lionel Messi.
“I've read that,” Christian Eriksen said in an interview to Politiken. “It's nice that I'm compared with someone like Messi, but I don't think the comparison is about us as people - it's more the roles we play. I actually don't even know why Messi is the one they say. It's not the most obvious comparison even in terms of where we play.”
Denmark coach Morten Olsen believes excessive from media has “destroyed” the character of Christian Eriksen. However, Christian Eriksen reckons, “I don't feel I've been destroyed,” but there is “definitely pressure”.
Christian Eriksen went on to praise Ajax for creating a long list of world class players. The young midfielder said that he was proud to be what he was and will not try to replicate other players.
“You have some big shoes to fill,” Christian Eriksen said. “People judge you - 'He's not like Wesley Sneijder was' or 'He's not doing the things Rafael van der Vaart was'. No, I'm not - I'm Christian Eriksen, and that is who I will always be.”