With the legendary Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard set to leave the club in the summer for sunny Los Angeles, rumors of his possible replacement will churn on until the last day of the summer transfer window.
So far, his teammate and Liverpool vice captain, Jordan Henderson, is set to take the armband permanently, but could the Liverpool hierarchy be lining up a move for the tireless and controversial Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere?
According to the Metro, “Liverpool are favourites to land the player as they look for a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard who is set to join LA Galaxy at the end of the season.” The paper cites that the Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has lost patience with the England international after being photograph with a hookah at a party.
Liverpool, however, according to the Metro, are willing to give the 23-year-old the chance to partner up with Jordan Henderson in the upcoming season. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has already admitted that he is keen to give young English talents the opportunity to shine at Anfield.
“Maybe I have too much belief in young players,” said the Liverpool boss. “But I see enough on day to day to know the character of the player.”
“I think there is just part of me that thinks you never know until you throw in a young player and it doesn’t matter what the game is. If you believe in them enough and they have the tactical awareness of the game and collectively they know the team is with them, it can really push them on in their development. It is easy for me to put an experienced player in, but you look at the talent on show with some of the British boys.”
This belief in English youngsters has been a hallmark throughout his reign at Anfield. Rodgers has kicked start careers of Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanaghan, Raheem Sterling, and, more recently, Jordon Ibe.
His decision to start Jordon Ibe in the Merseyside derby almost paid off with a fantastic individual goal, with winger running the length of the field skinning two Everton defenders before striking the post from 25 yards out.
Rodgers showered the young winger with praises during the post-match interview.
“This is a real, real springboard for Jordon Ibe. He has always showed flashes and come on in games and you have wondered ‘can he do it?’. So to come to Goodison and play like he did, showing that confidence and temperament was outstanding, that will really help his development and push him on.”
Could Liverpol manager Brendan Rodgers reform Jack Wilshere with a move to Anfield?
[Image via the Independent]