Gerrard – who famously never won a League title at Anfield, and even more famously was one of the chief culprits for their failure to win it in 2014 – was speaking in his role as a pundit for BT Sport in the week, bizarrely enough after Pogba’s star turn in United’s 3-1 win at Arsenal.
Pogba was sent off but not before he had run the show, creating two goals and dominating the midfield. Pogba’s performance until the red card was arguably his most impressive since returning to United and had the all-round quality that Gerrard infamously lacked throughout his own career, with the former England midfielder’s propensity to try and grab headlines by himself.
Still, the ex-Liverpool player felt it necessary to compare himself to Pogba, identifying a lack of positional discipline in the Frenchman after witnessing a performance to contradict that very point.
“He’s capable of scoring all kinds of goals, from outside the box and inside the box. He’s got wonderful vision. I think if there’s one small criticism of this player it would be that he maybe goes forward too much and if he’s playing in central midfield with one player, he might leave him a bit exposed,” said Gerrard. “I had a similar criticism of myself when I played in that position with Didi Hamann or Xabi Alonso. I was eager to get in the box all the time. With experience and a bit more maturity, you pick and choose your times when you do run forward.”
Gerrard, of course, is one of English football’s historical underachievers, with his failure to win a league title and his ultimate disappointment at international level. He is described as a Liverpool legend largely on the back of two Cup Final draws in 2005 and 2006. Pogba, with four league title medals to his name already, will do well not to pay too much attention to the journeyman from Merseyside.
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