Liverpool powerhouse Emre Can does not accept that Steven Gerrard is a spent force.
The 20-year-old German is currently be being groomed as Gerrard’s successor in the Anfield engine room, following his £9.75million arrival from Bayer Leverkusen.
But Can insists that, even at 34, Gerrard still offers much more than a glimpse of past glories.
As quoted on the Liverpool site, he said: “Steven Gerrard doesn’t play because his name is Steven Gerrard.
“He plays because of what he brings in terms of performances. If that wasn’t the case, he wouldn’t play. He is as good as he was and I have learned a lot from him.
“Steven is the greatest captain Liverpool have ever had and I feel comfortable on the pitch because I always know he is behind me.
“If I make a mistake, he is always there helping me out. He is like a big brother.”