Juventus star Andrea Pirlo says Steven Gerrard has all the attributes required to be a success in his new deeper midfield role.
The Italy international, arguably the finest example of an attack-minded deep-lying midfielder, has tipped the Liverpool captain to reinvent himself and continue to play for club and country for many years.
The 34-year-old said: “The intelligent players adapt – and Steven Gerrard has the ability to do that.
“He is an excellent passer of the ball, possesses an intelligent football brain, and has great vision. He has all the qualities to play a deeper role.
“Top European clubs are always progressing with what they can do off the field. Training is getting more scientific, and we are constantly getting more educated on nutrition.
“If you look after yourself and are willing to adapt, there is no reason why you can’t play at the top level until your late 30s.
“Gerrard is a top professional, it is very possible he has many top years left for Liverpool and England in a new role.”