STEVEN GERRARD again sung the praises of Alfredo Morelos for his performance against Kilmarnock last night – and reckons Jermain Defoe could be the perfect role-model for the Colombian.
Vastly-experienced Defoe joined Gers in the January transfer window, and so far, has contributed four goals to the cause.
And, with his knowledge of the game, Gerrard feels he could be the perfect man to further help Morelos in what has already been a stellar campaign in which he has netted a stunning 27 goals so far.
Speaking at this morning’s press conference, Gerrard explained: “Alfredo is a top player, and he is a young player. We have more firepower now with Jermain coming in and I think Jermain is a perfect role model for Alfredo.
“He is only 22 and he is learning the game. He has just recently become an international player and if he can watch Jermain on a daily basis, see how he lives his life and how he behaves on and off the pitch, I think Alfredo can use that to his benefit and keep improving and keep growing.
“He is certainly a top talent without a shadow of a doubt. He can go on and achieve whatever he wants to achieve if he approaches it right.
“I don’t think it’s fair to compare him to Diego Costa or Luis Suarez – he’s Alfredo Morelos. He is enjoying his football, the fans love him as we do.
“Myself and the experienced players in the squad are trying to help him and guide him in the right way, and we want him to stay here for a long time and help us to be successful.
“He deserves credit in his own right.”
Gers were so impressive in the manner in which they hammered Killie last night – and again, boss Gerrard called for them to find that level on a more consistent basis.
He continued: “It is a good challenge for myself and my players. We have improved a lot and we have worked very hard over the last six or seven months to grow and to move forward and we have had some really good times together.
“Unfortunately, amongst that, we have had some setbacks and some bumps in the road. I think the next challenge for us is can we find that level of consistency and, for me, my job will be to try and eradicate those setbacks moving forward because that will give us a better chance of being successful.
“Last night, we played very well. We were in control at 11v11, we took the lead and it looked as though we were going to build on that.
“The scoreline also reflects that Kilmarnock lost a man, so we are not naïve enough to sit here and think everything was perfect last night.
“I think for these players, it is important their mentality and their attitude is the same for every game and we go in with that hunger and desire to go in and win the football match.
“We are not good enough yet, and we haven’t had enough success together yet to get complacent and think we can just turn up against certain teams.
“I think that was the case against St Johnstone, so I think the players have learned a lot in the last four or five days – I certainly have so hopefully we can improve from doing that.”
Gers are now gearing up for the trip to New Douglas Park on Sunday to face Hamilton Accies, and Gerrard insists his side will be ready for whatever the Lanarkshire men throw at them under new boss Brian Rice.
The Gaffer added: “They have been playing a back four, while previously when we played Hamilton they had a back five. But, normally against the big teams they seem to go to a back five.
“We will wait and see, plan for both and see what faces us. But for me, the focus has got to be on us and we want to try and build on the positives from last night and go in with the same intensity and the same hunger to try and get the three points at the weekend.
“It will be a tough game – they will be stubborn and they will be organised. They seem to have given the new manager a reaction so we will certainly have respect for Hamilton.”