Even though Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has changed his gameplay marginally, he is still a force to be reckoned on the field and still has his dangerous ability to score goals even in the face of toughest defenses.
Gerrard now 33 years old, knows that he is aging and it will definitely play a factor in the future on his form. His playing style has changed since Brendan Rodgers took over manager position at Anfield. Gerrard is famous for his lightening surges from his midfield position which end up breaking defenses and scoring goals.
He proved he still has his trademark power surges when Liverpool beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley, October 15. During the World Cup qualification, he yet again surged from his midfield position and scored a crucial goal which put them on higher ground.
Gerrard renewed his contract with Liverpool this July which will keep at him at Anfield till 2015. He believes that Rodgers’ decision to implement a 3-4-1-2 formation over traditional 4-2-3-1 is actually good and further secures his position because the new formation provides more protection with the three center-backs.
Gerrard said on Liverpool’s official website that the new formation was a good one and helped him more on his position.
"I can get forward slightly more in this formation knowing that I have got three defenders behind me,” he said. “In general, whether the system changed or not, I have spoken to Brendan and he wants me to pick and choose my runs.”
He agreed that he wasn’t the same force he used to be when younger and would in the future be making less surges with more accuracy.
"Everybody understands that I’m not 21 anymore where I can burst into the box at every opportunity,” Gerrard said. “With experience, I hope I can pick the right times for those bursts. I’m not going to become an out-and-out holding midfielder just yet.”
He said that he still was in good form to make his trademark surges and proved that in his match against Poland.
"With the goal against Poland, I saw the opportunity late on and still had the energy to burst into the box and managed to get a toe on to it and settle everybody’s nerves,” Gerrard said. “Hopefully I have a few more of those in the locker before I become an out-and-out holding midfielder.
Still, he added that in the future he would be further adapting his gameplay.
"Slowly with time I will adapt my game and maybe become a controlling midfielder.”