The Liverpool legend Tommy Smith has said that he feels that the club still have a lot to rely upon the star midfielder Steven Gerrard. The 32-year-old England international has been the heartbeat of the Liverpool team over the past decade, but he is coming to the end of his career. A succession of injuries have also taken the strength out of his play. This has led to Liverpool being dependent on the young and rising stars like Luis Suarez and Sterling. The former Liverpool player Tommy Smith, though, believes that Gerrard is still one of the important players within the team and his role with the team should not be discounted.

The player recently signed a long-term contract that will keep him at the club until the end of his career, thus becoming one of the few players in the world to have played for the entire career for single club. Smith has said that there has been a lot of talk surrounding the fact that Gerrard’s performances have dipped this season, which have consequently led to the team struggling on the pitch. Liverpool are currently 12th in the Premier League with only an outside chance of finishing in the top four, which will provide them with the chance to compete once again in the Champions League.

“I keep hearing people say that Steven Gerrard’s performance levels have dipped but as far as I’m concerned he’s still a tremendous player for Liverpool. I actually felt sorry for Gerrard at times against West Ham as he was having to do too much because Joe Allen was giving the ball away far too often. Gerrard is the only Liverpool player to have played every minute of every game in the league so far and that highlights how important he is to Brendan Rodgers,” said Smith.