Liverpool have a huge Steven Gerrard shaped hole to fill following the confirmation that he will leave the club to join LA Galaxy in the summer, and Brendan Rodgers is lining up a £7.5 million move for Fabian Delph this month, according to Ralph Ellis of the Daily Mirror.
Delph’s contract at Aston Villa is up in the summer, meaning he will be available for free in six months time, but Liverpool are reportedly not willing to wait and want to wrap up a deal before the end of the month.
Tottenham have also shown an interest in the 25-year-old midfielder who recently broke into Roy Hodgson’s England setup.
Replacing Gerrard is an impossible task, and a like-for-like replacement won’t arrive at Anfield as the Liverpool legend is one of a kind.
Delph is a skilled midfielder who reads the game well, but in comparison to Gerrard he is no match in some key statistical areas.
Gerrard has played more times than Delph so far this season as the Villa man missed a chunk of the season through injury, but the Liverpool captain has outperformed him regardless.
Gerrard has scored five times in the Premier League this season and is currently the Reds’ top scorer, while he has also picked up one assist. Delph has not contributed to a goal so far this season.
Surprisingly Delph has won a higher percentage of headers than Gerrard, though the 34-year-old creates more chances per game, wins more tackles and has a slightly better pass completion percentage too.
Having stepped into the National side to replace the void left by Gerrard’s international retirement last year, Delph could now be tasked with doing the same thing at Liverpool.
That will be no easy task, but the chance to join up with the squad this month would mean he could play alongside Gerrard and learn from the experienced Liverpool legend.
Would a move to Liverpool be the right one for Delph? Will anyone replace Gerrard at Anfield?