Liverpool did not win the Premier League title but Steven Gerrard can hold his head high.
That's the view of former Reds striker Robbie Fowler, who told Goals on Sunday that the 33-year-old has revelled since adopting a deeper-lying midfield berth.
Fowler says Gerrard, who should be a key man for England at the 2014 World Cup, has silenced any doubters and showed once again how much he inspires his team.
"The massive plus for Liverpool has been Gerrard, who has been unbelievable in this new position," said Fowler, who enjoyed two spells at Anfield, scoring 128 Premier League goals.
"He struggled there in his first game and everyone was saying: 'He is not the player he was, he is finished'.
"But he has been fantastic and there are not enough words you can say about him.
"He can play in any position - when I went back to Liverpool in 2006 he played on the right and was phenomenal - and with all due respect to every player who has played for Liverpool in the last 10 years, Steven has carried them.
"You go on about captains being vocal but Steven's not like that," added Fowler, who was part of Liverpool's stunning 2001 campaign, which yielded the FA Cup, League Cup, Uefa Cup, Uefa Super Cup and Community Shield trophies.
"He leads by example, which rubs off onto everyone else, and he has been instrumental, not just this season but for a decade."
Fowler says Liverpool were "gung-ho" and "slightly naïve" against Crystal Palace on Monday, when they saw their 3-0 lead evaporate and had to settle for a 3-3 draw at a rocking Selhurst Park.
However, the Reds legend says he is not surprised Brendan Rodgers has masterminded such a turnaround and taken his charges from seventh place to the Champions League places - and says the good times will carry on next season.
"I was lucky enough to spend time with Liverpool in pre-season and saw a togetherness I haven't seen for some time," added Toxteth-born Fowler, who retired in 2012 after a spell with Thai club Muangthong United.
"The manager had instilled belief in the lads and I really believed they could get in the Champions League - but they far outweighed my expectations [with their title challenge].
"I also think they will be a much stronger side next season, especially if they can sign two centre-halves to push the ones already there."
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