17 years at the club, 639 appearances, 182 goals, 10 major trophies and countless individual achievements. This man is debatably the best player in the history of Liverpool Football Club and one of the greatest players in the history of English Football. But his career is reaching its twilight and for the betterment of the Liverpool and their players he has decided to say good bye to the club and will join MLS side LA Galaxy as a possible retirement home. His departure will also leave Liverpool officials, fans and his teammates in a trauma and the biggest task for the club and the manager will be to find a player who has the capability of filling the big boots of Gerrard in the Liverpool squad. It is impossible for any football lover to imagine Liverpool and the Premier League without Gerrard and it will be a huge task for any player to replace Gerrard. Currently, we have many young midfielders with great potential to become greats in the future. Here are three selected players whom Liverpool should target in order to replace Gerrard.
Barkley is a 21 year old English midfielder who currently plays Liverpool’s bitter rivals Everton and is a prodigy of their youth system. Despite being just 21 years old, Ross has made 66 appearances for Everton out of which 55 are in Premier League and he has also made 11 appearances for the national team.
Barkley is a very versatile midfielder who comforts himself on the left flank, in the central midfield area and also in the number ten role. His major strengths are his flawless and fluid dribbling, excellent passing, brilliant hold up play, he acts as a link between players during counter attacks that is brilliant combination play and defensively he is very sound and contributes when needed. His other abilities are taking long shots and set pieces. As of now he does not have any significant weakness but there are chances they might be exposed later in the future.
Barkley is one of those players who is always aware of what is happening around him on the pitch, he is very calm and composed and also possesses the abilities to make sound decisions. These qualities are very rare in midfielders of his age. He also likes to play long balls as his average passing length this season is 17 meters while his accuracy is 90% which is a quiet mesmerizing figure, along with this he crafts more than 1.3 chances per game and makes 1 defensive contribution as well.
Barkley might be the one to replace Gerrard but it will be very difficult for the Reds to sign an Everton player.