Steven Gerrard is rightly revered by Liverpool fans as a club legend. Throughout his time at Anfield, the box-to-box midfielder has spearheaded title challenges and numerous victories in cup competitions, most notably the 2005 Champions League final. However, as many world-class players find out at some point during their career, age begins to count against them and thoughts on the players mind of what he will do after football have already taken shape.

While still capable of playing a prominent role for the club, there have been signs that Gerrard’s talents are on the wane, which may spark manager Brendan Rodgers into signing a long-term replacement; is possible target Christian Eriksen of Ajax the answer? He has already been courted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer.

Eriksen has been widely lauded as one of Europe’s most promising young midfield players, and no wonder. Since he made his debut for the Dutch giants at the tender age of 17, he has proved himself to be one of the best in the Eredivisie at providing goals, as well as showing his prowess from set-pieces, something which Gerrard was and still is renowned for.

If he decides to say farewell to the Amsterdam Arena, then Eriksen will have to excel in training and pre-season just to make sure that he gets a starting place. Should he start often, he might not be as effective in supplying assists from corners and free kicks, especially with the likes of Coutinho looking to provide the likes of Iago Aspas with ammunition.

Eriksen’s signature would be a big statement of intent from Liverpool. Having missed out on Henrik Mkhitaryan, who chose to move to the Bundesliga instead, Eriksen would bring added youth to an area of the pitch where they are becoming a little stronger. I am not convinced though that Eriksen is the type of player Liverpool need right now.


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