The news that Steven Gerrard could be out for up to six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during the second half of Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday will come as a major blow to the Reds.
The argument that he should be rested more often is becoming tired now, with Brendan Rodgers having started him in all 15 of Liverpool’s league games this season.
Playing his captain less often to preserve him for the future isn’t something Rodgers is considering just yet.
The 33-year-old isn’t showing any signs of his legs giving way either. He actually improved as the season went on.
Gerrard has an impressive Squawka performance score of 653 and an average pass accuracy record of 87 percent, and he has created 39 chances. These numbers almost exactly mirror his statistics from 15 games into last season, when he had an average pass accuracy record of 85 percent and had created 41 chances, according to Squawka.
In recent games, he has used his experience to remain level-headed in difficult circumstances when games haven't gone Liverpool's way, driving the team on to get results.
Against Everton last month, he had a hand in all three Liverpool goals with much improved crossing to previous seasons for the England international.
Nevertheless, despite the gaping hole that his injury brings, Liverpool are equipped in personnel to cover his absence, both in midfield responsibilities and leadership.