Gerrard names one player who reminds him of Suarez

Date published: Thursday 29th November 2018 10:52

Steven Gerrard has explained how Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos reminds him of former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Morelos has now scored 16 goals so far this term for Gerrard’s side after Rangers beat Livingston at the weekend.

The Light Blues can take a step closer to the last 32 of the Europa League if they can down Villarreal on Thursday night.

Another yellow card for Morelos would rule him out of Rangers’ final group match against Rapid Vienna next month.

However, Gerrard doesn’t want to knock the aggression out of the Colombian and reckons Morelos has the same “X factor” as former Liverpool team-mate Suarez.

“I think he knows,” Gerrard said. “There is an element when you have to let him be.

“He plays on the edge, he will make it uncomfortable for those two centre-backs, or three if they decide to go with a three.

“We speak to him, we speak to the whole group, and we talk to them about discipline in every single game. They know, they understand.

“But at the same time we can’t ask Alfredo not to be aggressive in the way he plays because that is when he is at his best and the reason why he is two goals off last year’s tally.

“He does actually [remind me of Suarez], yeah. A lot.

“We can change him, we can help, we can certainly help in terms of his disciplinary record. He knows that.

“But I love this type of player, I like players that play on the edge and sometimes get it wrong because these players are the ones that make the difference, they have got the X Factor.

“If you are a player and you don’t really play on the edge… you don’t really make special things happen on a football pitch.

“I loved playing with Suarez, he is my favourite player to play with. And I think I have already expressed how much I love Alfredo.”


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