James Milner believes there are few, if any, players capable of replacing Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, and says even Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi would struggle to fill the void.
Former England international Gerrard ended his 17-year association with the Reds at the end of last season, joining LA Galaxy on a free transfer, and has enjoyed a productive start after scoring on his MLS debut.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have embarked on a major recruitment drive following their ex-captain’s departure, with Milner one of the players acquired, but the former Manchester City man insists that no one player can ever step into Gerrard’s shoes.
“I don’t think there’s someone on the planet who could replace Gerrard for what he did for Liverpool football club over the years, so as a team we need to replace his output,” Milner is quoted as saying by abc.
“And I’m sure that can be done, but me personally, I’m a different player to him and I’ll do my job and do what I do best.
“Even Messi would struggle to replace Stevie for what he’s done for Liverpool over the years.
“What he’s done on and off the field, as a player and as a captain, as a person, he’s been amazing. It’s a big void to fill but I’m sure as a team we can do that.”