Roy Hodgson’s recent announcement of his 23 man roster carries with it the news the Steven Gerrard will wear the Captain’s armband.
One would think that anyone fit to lead the line for England is a no-brainer to start for his club.
But an article dated April 10th from the Guardian puts forth some interesting evidence to the contrary:
"When Gerrard has not started this season, Liverpool have won 48% of games played; when he has started, that drops to 9%.
In the 11 games Gerrard has started, Liverpool have scored an average of 1.00 goal per game while conceding 1.36; without him it is goals for 1.24, goals against 0.90. They have taken 1.67 points per game without him, just 0.73 with."
In short, Liverpool got far better results when their talisman did not take part. What is even more troubling is the apparent effect he has on his teammates:
"All six of Charlie Adam's assists and both his goals have come when Gerrard has not started. Jordan Henderson's tackle success rate drops from 92.59% when Gerrard does not start to only 63.64% when he does. Jay Spearing wins 60.71% of duels when Gerrard does not start; only 54.76% when he does."
However, the reality is that no matter how many stats you throw at the manager, Gerrard will always be on the pitch for Liverpool. He is the heart and soul of the team.
Yet the fact remains that Kenny Dalglish’s deployment of his star met with mixed results. Thus the question presents itself, what is Steven Gerrard’s best position?