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Can Steven Gerrard have similar impact on Alfredo Morelos as he did Luis Suarez?

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Can Steven Gerrard have similar impact on Alfredo Morelos as he did Luis Suarez?

Rangers’ Colombian striker has been good at Ibrox, but could Gerrard make him exceptional for the Glasgow club?

Since Steven Gerrard was unveiled as the man to take over as Rangers manager plenty of big names have been spoken of as potentially following him. The Liverpool legend’s long list of contacts from an illustrious playing career has seen many former colleagues suggested as Rangers targets.

Gerrard played with numerous top stars at Liverpool and it is no surprise to see the likes of Martin Skrtel and Fernando Torres spoken of as ambitious Glasgow targets.

But perhaps the best player he played with during his Anfield career was Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker was a formidable Premier League threat during his time on Merseyside. In the 2013-14 season, the pair were on fire, as Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Premier League title.

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Of course, Rangers cannot even begin to dream of luring Suarez from the Nou Camp to Ibrox. However, Gerrard might be able to turn one of the current Rangers crop into his very own Suarez.

Alfredo Morelos has plenty in common with the former Liverpool firebrand.

His playing style is certainly similar. Robust and determined, difficult to dispossess and, when in the mood, lethal in front of goal.

Like Suarez, there is a typical South American tenacity to the Rangers frontman. The Colombian also seems to share Gerrard’s former pal’s hot-headed temperament.

At times this season the Rangers striker has looked incredible. His stats are certainly not unimpressive, with 18 goals from 41 games in all competitions this season.

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However, Morelos has the raw ability to become a goal-a-game striker in the Scottish Premiership.

As an assist master and captain Gerrard helped bring the best out of Suarez. The pair remain fond of each other, as the Barcelona man’s congratulatory message at his Rangers appointment this week showed.

If Gerrard can tap into the same trust and bond with Morelos at Ibrox then the Scottish league may have a much sharper, driven and beastly Morelos to deal with next season. Channelling his talent and aggression in the same way Suarez once did for Liverpool, would make him a feared striker at Ibrox under his new management.

Perhaps Rangers could have their very own Luis Suarez under the guidance of Steven Gerrard.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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