Once again Steven Gerrard was on hand to spare the clubs blushes on Saturday, but is there a case for there being too much pressure on the incredibly talented Anfield hero?
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Anyone who accuses Rafa Benitez of having a one man side are probably motivated more by jealously than simply trying to make an observation. Personally whilst Gerrard is not the only super talented player at the club he clearly is the most important player in Rafa’s impressive Liverpool squad.
A lot has been made out of the fact that the Anfield side managed to overcome both Manchester United and Chelsea without Fernando Torres leading the line up front and these performances showed that the Merseyside outfit has a squad chock a block full of talented players who are now able to work as a team and grind out results when without their inspirational El Nino, but what could they achieve without Stevie G?
Again I don’t mean this in a detrimental way; I would ask the same question to Arsenal about Cesc or Man United without Cristiano or indeed Chelsea without Terry. Yesterday once again Captain Fantastic led from the front and hauled the team back from two goals down against Hull.
It’s understandable and expected but you could almost see the crowd and his teammates look to their number 8 when they went two down and the pressure on the hugely talented midfielder on days like that must be immense and it’s at times like that I wonder if there is simply too much pressure on Stevie to perform, even more so when Torres is injured.
Could another strong signing in January help the club push for the title and simultaneously take some weight off the ‘Whiston Wonder’s’ shoulders?