Captaining a side is always a great honour and not every player gets to do that. Captaining a historic side like Liverpool is something of a dream for many and former player Steven Gerrard has recently shared his views on what it is like to be leading the men in Red.
The former skipper was interviewed by Lund Ansnes for a book called ‘Liverpool Captains’ along with 15 other former captains of the side. One of the biggest takeaways from his comments were the fact that it is not easy being captain and you need to have thick skin if you ever become the leader of the Reds.
“You need to be thick-skinned to be captain,” Gerrard said.
“Before you accept the responsibility of being captain for Liverpool Football Club you’ve got to tell yourself: “There will be good days and bad days.
“On good days you’ll feel on top of the world. On bad days you’ll feel sad and lonely. If you can’t handle the low days, when the s*** hits the fan and everyone’s out to get you, if you can’t handle those days mentally, don’t take the job.”
A lot of pressure but loved every minute of it
Gerrard also stated that being the leader for the side had its own pressure but even when playing poorly for the side, he still felt he could make things right for the team.
“Every single day, even when I wasn’t playing badly, I felt that pressure. But I loved it, even on bad days. When we’d had a bad game or if I’d played badly, I used to tell myself: ‘I’m the captain. I need to put this right, and I’ll have another chance to do that in three or four days’.
“I dreamed about wearing the captain’s armband from when I was about 10. So when I got it, I wanted to enjoy it, even on bad days.”
Praise for Jamie Redknapp
The former England international was full of praise for another former Liverpool player, Jamie Redknapp, as he took special care of the 2005 Champions League winner.
“Redknapp was my hero. I love him as a guy and I loved him as a player. He went out of his way to help me,
“I was 16 and an apprentice on £47 a week. And he was a national star who played for England and LFC and was vice-captain under Paul Ince.
“Every day he’d call me over and check on me if I was all right, if I had the football boots and the equipment that I needed. And he’d tell me where he was off to after training and ask me to join him. He didn’t have to do that.
“When someone behaves like that to you at 16, it does something important to you. So when I was 26 and I was captain, I’d treat younger players the way Jamie had.”
One of the greatest Liverpool players
It comes as no surprise that Gerrard became one of the greatest Liverpool players of all time with his exemplary attitude. As stated, he felt he could change things around for the team and often pulled Liverpool out of the dumps.
The 2005 Champions League final and even the group game against Olympiakos, the 2006 FA Cup final and numerous other games come to mind where Gerrard played out of his skin. It was a travesty that Gerrard didn’t win the Premier League in 2013-14 but hopefully, he can come back and win the title as manager someday.
Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet
Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.
The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.
Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.
However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.
Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.
Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.
Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery
The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.
Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.
The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.
Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.
Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star
The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.
The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.
The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.
Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.
Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.
Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.
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