Liverpool Transfers: Why Yann M'Vila Would Bring the Best out of Steven Gerrard
Injuries aside, Liverpool's talismanic captain has dragged them to victories that nobody thought were possible.
The Champions League final in 2005 and the FA Cup Final in 2006 are just two examples of that.
If there's one thing I could change about Gerrard, it'd be to keep him further up the pitch, instead of tracking back to win the ball.
In my opinion, Liverpool have never really replaced one of his greatest midfield partners, Xabi Alonso.
Sure, Lucas Leiva improved a lot last year and he was definitely missed when he got injured, but he's not in the same class as Xabi Alonso.
Liverpool need another defensive midfielder to protect the back four and to act as the perfect midfield foil for Steven Gerrard, so I'd go for Yann M'Vila of Rennes.
He reminds me a lot of Patrick Vieira in that he's tall, muscular and uses the ball well.
M'Vila also has the uncanny ability to track midfield runners effectively and break up the play when he needs to.
Guess who used to do that at Liverpool? Xabi Alonso.
It's no secret that Liverpool's success between 2005 and 2009 came at a time where Alonso and Gerrard played alongside each other, complimenting their styles of play.
For Gerrard to be at his best, he needs someone like M'Vila playing alongside him.
With new boss Brendan Rodgers looking to add youth and flair to his squad, he could do worse than sign M'Vila.
He's been linked with Arsenal before, but Rodgers might just be able to sneak in and persuade M'Vila to be a part of the new dynasty at Anfield.
If Liverpool are to have any chance of being a success over the next few years, getting the best out of Gerrard will be key and the best way to do that would be to sign Yann M'Vila.
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