Jose Enrique believes Steven Gerrard has proved he has the quality to compensate for any drop-off in his physical power and remains as great an influence as ever.
The 33-year-old Liverpool captain used to operate just behind sole striker Fernando Torres but now plays in a deeper role in the heart of the midfield.
But he was involved in all four goals in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Fulham on Saturday and left-back Enrique feels he remains destructive an attacking force as ever.
Enrique said: “Gerrard has been playing fantastic as always. Our captain is really important for us. When you get older you lose something physically; when he was playing with Torres for example he was playing behind the striker and now he is deeper on the ball.
“He is playing with Lucas in a role he did not play when he was younger but the quality of the passes, crosses and free-kicks he is still doing the same thing. His quality is amazing.”
Enrique made his comeback as a substitute against Fulham after a month on the sidelines with a knee injury.
And he said: “I still feel a bit stiff. It's been quite a long time away and I'm still not feeling 100 percent but we have a break again and hopefully now I can carry on as Christmas is going to be very busy and I can be available.”
Aly Cissokho had been deputising for the Spaniard, who sustained the injury two months ago, but now he is optimistic he can continue without any setbacks.
He explained: “I got a kick against [Manchester] United and had some bruising on the bone which gave me a lot of pain and when I trained for a couple of days it got tight around my knee. The month I was playing after that I was training only once a week because I couldn't train any more so it has been difficult for me because of course you lose your fitness.
“When he [manager Brendan Rodgers] had more players available - because Cissokho was injured also - we decided to stop and rest my knee and hopefully it won't give me any more problems.”