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Saturday 3 December 2016

Adam Lallana: We'll need a few players to fill the void left by Steven Gerrard's departure

Liverpool's Adam Lallana
Liverpool's Adam Lallana
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will receive a guard of honour before his final game at Anfield this weekend

Liverpool are looking to the future and life after talisman Steven Gerrard, who is leaving for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy this summer.

Adam Lallana believes a collective improvement is the only way to fill the void created by Gerrard’s imminent departure.

“He is irreplaceable,” Lallana said.

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Steven Gerrard

“I don’t think the Premier League or Liverpool realise what we’re going to miss out on next season. The best way to replace him is not just one individual, it’s going to be a combination of every single player.”

Not even Gerrard, whose feats have delivered success time and again for Liverpool, can secure Champions League football next term now. The Reds trail fourth-placed Manchester United by six points – and have an inferior goal difference – with two games to go.

Lallana remains bullish. “I just feel with the disappointments we’ve had this season we can really learn from it and push on as a young squad and come back next season and fight for the title and to get into the Champions League places,” he added.

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