Steven Gerrard confident of producing more inspirational displays for Liverpool

 

Captain Steven Gerrard is confident he can go on producing inspirational displays for Liverpool for some time to come.

The England midfielder will be 33 in May as he enters the final year of his contract at Anfield.

And, while he is happy to shoulder the responsibility of being the side's talismanic figure, Gerrard insists there are others who are capable of doing the same.

"I think eventually I may have to change (my game), but at the moment, while I am feeling good and fit and doing as much running as anyone else, I don't see any reason to," he told Press Association Sport.

"But every player on the planet, eventually when they get to a certain age, has to adjust certain things in their game and I am good enough to do that, it is not a worry for me.

"I know I can play a lot deeper in Liverpool's team quite comfortably, but while I've still got the legs, energy and will to get forward I will continue to do that and try to get on the scoresheet and create goals.

"My aim every time I go on to the pitch is to make a contribution and be the driving force behind the team.

"But what we have now is other players who are taking the responsibility and helping me.

"Luis Suarez at the weekend almost won the game single-handedly (scoring a hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Norwich).

"A lot of people say to me I have carried this team for a certain amount of time, but I think that is unfair to the players I've played with.

"I've played with some magnificent players in some fantastic Liverpool teams over the last 10 to 12 years so it is unfair to them to give me a lot of the credit.

"But I have found a consistency over the last few years I've been happy with."

Gerrard has brought out a new book, My Liverpool Story, which is a pictorial representation of his career at Anfield.

The England midfielder admits it did prompt him to stop to consider what he had achieved since joining his hometown club aged nine.

"It certainly brings back memories of all the highs and lows I've had since I turned professional at 17," he added.

"A lot has happened to me since I made my debut in 1998 and the end has been in sight since the beginning.

"You realise as a footballer that the career is only short and the seasons go quickly.

"You have to make the most of every season and finish each one as successfully as you can, personally and as a team.

"The pictures in the book brought back a lot of great memories, but also some downs along the way, but I am a great believer the downs have made me stronger and made me the player and person I am today.

"You learn more from downs. It has not been smooth since day one.

"I've missed out on a lot of big trophies and I've played in games which have frustrated me where, come the end of the season, I've not got out of it what I wanted in terms of personal performances.

"But I wouldn't change anything, because in general I've had a successful career to date and I still believe I can continue that for certainly another two to three years."

:: Steven Gerrard: My Liverpool Story is published in hardback and e-book by Headline, RRP £20.

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