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Gerrard Out For Three Weeks

  • Times, Thursday, February 5, 2009 1:46 PM
Bad news for those who see him as the savior of Liverpool and England -- club captain Steven Gerrard is out for three weeks with a hamstring tear suffered during his team's 1-0 defeat at Everton in the FA Cup Wednesday. He will also miss England's friendly in Spain next week, and possibly Liverpool's Champions League game against Real Madrid February  25.
 
Then again, there's a body of opinion skeptical of the constant plaudits thrown Gerrard's way, and they would cite his ragged weekend performance against Chelsea as a perfect example. Liverpool's creative impulses all came from the superb Xabi Alonso in central midfield. Gerrard huffed and puffed, played lots of easy short passes, wasted longer ones, and was yellow-carded for diving. For all his spectacular strikes from outside the penalty area, there are plenty more efforts that end up closer to the corner flag or the back row of the stands.
 
The truth is that Gerrard's a good player, but he is nowhere near consistent enough to be termed 'world class.' The question of whether his club and country need him as badly as his fans seem to think could be answered over the next three weeks. Though if Liverpool falters in Gerrard's absence, at least the team's fans can cite his injury as an excuse for failing to become English champion yet again.

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