Gerrard admitted: “I enjoyed playing in that role. The manager knows if there are ever any injuries or he simply wants to stick me up there again, I can play it.
“(Fernando) Torres was running riot last season, causing defenders all sorts of problems.
“While they were worrying about him, I was sneaking in and nicking a few goals. There’s no doubt Fernando has certainly helped me.
“I was really pleased with my goals tally last season and would be delighted to emulate it again this time.
“I don’t really set myself a goals target as such but if you look at the way I play, as an attacking midfielder or in behind Fernando, I’d be expecting to get 15 or so a season.
“Nowadays, the game has gone to the next level.