Steven Gerrard’s free-kick goal against the Reds’s fiercest rivals in the second half was an answer to all his critics. But how longer can he actually make it last? This is a really debatable question as the 34 year old lately has been questioned about his form.
The 3000 Toffees fans inside Anfield had been singing about his costly slip in last year’s title race. The free-kick struck them like thunder even though a sensational injury-time equaliser from England international Phil Jagielka led to a point each.
Gerrard’s form has been really questioned by many, and indeed his future for his club in a withdrawn midfield role, came under questioning this week following his poor performance against West Ham, which was replied by a celebration with his hand behind his ear calling for the criticism.
Match of the Day host, Gary Lineker tweeted, “Steven Gerrard sticks a free kick in the net and a middle finger up to those that write him off.”
Having now scored ten PL goals against Everton in 31 games, the former England skipper could have answered his critics in a fashionable manner – although he was a bit more polite in the way he did it but clearly enjoyed being able to.
“I can take constructive criticism, but people go one step further and say you are finished and can’t run anymore,” Gerrard told BT sport. “So it was nice to remind people that, at the age of 34, I can still play, I can still run and I am still around and I can still compete with the best players around.”
Reds manager, Brendan Rodgers, in a post match interview revealed his frustration by derby draw. “He let Mario Balotelli take a few free-kicks in the first half and I was screaming on for him because he has so much quality.
“When he did take one, it was a wonderful free-kick and he scored a goal that should have won the game. His performance was outstanding.”
The skipper did justify his manager’s decision to stand by him. Rodgers said that he could not understand the criticism his captain has been getting.
“When he is called upon to deliver, this is a guy who delivers continuously for this football club.” As expected, Gerrard justified the statement in the derby but, the question marks over his suitability and fitness concerns will just not go away, would they?