At the start of the season, Steven Gerrard’s management style was a real hit with fans, and with good reason. He pulled no punches, and he said it how it was. If a player played poorly, he spoke out about it, and if we lost, he didn’t make excuses.
However, one common theme throughout much of the season has been the Englishman’s failure to take responsibility. Take his latest comments following our draw with Hibs, for example.
“We are reliant on Alfredo at the moment too much, and other people, I have asked to stand up and be counted…The opportunities presented themselves to kill the game off, and we paid the price for that at the end”, Gerrard said.
He’s not necessarily wrong. Individual performances have been poor, and players need to step up their game and respond to his calls for improvement.
However, Gerrard also needs to take a look in the mirror.
It’s not just the players that need to improve – he needs to do better as well. Time and time again this season, we’ve had glaring issues within the team, and he’s failed to change anything.
Perhaps the biggest example came in the defence. The duo of Joe Worrall and Connor Goldson hasn’t worked for weeks, yet the boss has persisted with them time and time again. He can’t be surprised, then, when we concede a late goal or look shaky at the back.
There’s also been moments in which we’ve looked void of any energy in the attack, yet Gerrard has continued to persist with the same players and the same formation going forward.
Gerrard has done a brilliant job this season, and he was always going to make mistakes. However, he needs to recognise that he hasn’t been perfect either, and he must act accordingly. It’s not just all about the players.