Fantastic post yorky- I agree with every word of it.
Whilst I agree his best position isn't in the CM, I think it's less clear cut where it is- RM or supporting Torres... even LM as he plays for England?! I'd say anywhere behind Torres and in front of the midfielders- and surround him with quality players who help give him the platform to score goals when he can and bring others into play when he can't.
Aquilani was a *perfect* player for him- he could have been better than even Alonso was for him. ALL season we were playing a brand of non-football with Gerrard having no desire to change things. Introduce Aquilani, and it all evaporated in an instant; pass and move... fuck, some of the moves in that Atletico Semi final would have had even Barcelona fans drooling. It was a side to Gerrard (and Torres for that matter- he was holding the ball up and getting involved in an intricate pass and move game... something you wouldn't have thought he'd be able to do even at his best) I'd rarely seen.
I think it showed that he needs someone to direct his game- Alonso did it from deep, Aquilani did it from right next to him. Stick him in CM and he's playing in that role; it's not good for him and it's not good for the team.
Now we have Lucas and Meireles, and they're going to be a fine example of the Alonso/Aquilani types- supporting Gerrard and the attack with that foundation for pass and move.
Nope, Stevie's quality's never been in doubt, he's the best player I've seen play for this club.
But for me, his mentality has been. Last season he wasn't all there, and even this season he's not always been the player we were used to watching 2 seasons back. I don't think it's because 'his legs are gone', I think it's because he's uninspired with the lack of quality around him. Only difference is, is that he should be the inspirational leader on the pitch, but he's in leadership himself. That's the reason I'm wondering if he'll ever win the league title with us- because he'll only ever be the captain and automatic first starter for this team.
Reason is, I don't think Gerrard's the type of leader that Alonso, Sami and Reina were/are. He's more about showing the way on the pitch- you talk about overused cliches, so I apologise- but it really is "Roy of the Rovers" stuff. Which is great when he's banging in a 30 yarder in the FA Cup Semi final in the last minute, or making that run to win a penalty in the CL final... but in the long term? Over a whole season?
I think that's the main problem with Gerrard- and it probably always has been.