Liverpool: ‘Steven Gerrard the best around’ – Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed Steven Gerrard is currently the best holding midfielder across European football and that he wouldn’t swap the Merseyside talisman for anyone.

Rodgers has tweaked Gerrard’s game this season, adapting the captain from his box to box role into a more holding and controlled position. Gerrard struggled initially but has since thrived in the position and his manager believes that the 33-year-old is not getting enough plaudits for his role in Liverpool’s title bid this season.

“I think his form sometimes gets lost a wee bit with Steven because his leadership quality in the team is there for all to see,” said Rodgers. “We mustn’t forget that he’s arguably the best in European football in a controlling role at this moment in time.

“There’s not many players who can do what he can do – be one of the best attacking midfield players in Europe and then switch to be arguably the best controlling player. You look at the holding players in European football now at the top teams, I wouldn’t swap him for any of them, because of what he can give the team.

“He’s a playmaker but he’s unique in that he can also defend. I think what he probably doesn’t get enough credit for as well is his reading of the game,” he added.

Rodgers and his side travel to Norwich on Sunday as they look to extend their winning run to 11 games and they are priced at 1.37 to do so.

Norwich, desperate for points for a very different reason, are on offer at 7.54 to claim victory at Carrow Road as they look to stay clear of the relegation zone, whilst a draw is available at 4.82.

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