Paul Ince: 'Steven Gerrard losing influence'

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 27, 2014
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Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince believes that Steven Gerrard lacks the influence he once had at the club.

Paul Ince has said that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is not as influential a player for the club as he used to be.

The 34-year-old is in his 17th season at Anfield and has been a key part of his team's success in recent years.

However, Ince believes that the former England captain is not able to stamp his authority on matches as he did during his peak.

"Steven Gerrard is a world-class player, still. I was 35 at Wolves, he is 34. The problem he has now is that teams have latched on to him, and he is not getting as much influence on the game," he told BBC Sport.

Gerrard has scored twice for Liverpool in five appearances this season.

Romelu Lukaku of Everton holds off the challenges from Alberto Moreno of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on September 27, 2014
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