STEVEN GERRARD reckons Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has the same X Factor that made Luis Suarez a hero at Liverpool and insists he is under no pressure to sell his prized Ibrox asset.

Morelos netted his 16th goal of the campaign in the win over Livingston at the weekend and will lead the line for the Light Blues against Villarreal this evening.

A booking at Ibrox would rule the Colombian out of the final Group G clash with Rapid Vienna next month as Rangers look to clinch a knockout berth.

But Gerrard won’t look to take any aggression out of Morelos’ play after seeing former Anfield star Suarez rise to the pinnacle of the game by living on the edge at times.

He said: “I think he knows. There is an element when you have to let him be.

“He plays on the edge, he will make it uncomfortable for those two centre-backs, or three if they decide to go with a three.

“We speak to him, we speak to the whole group, and we talk to them about discipline in every single game. They know, they understand.

“But at the same time we can’t ask Alfredo not to be aggressive in the way he plays because that is when he is at his best and the reason why he is two goals off last year’s tally.

“He does actually [remind me of Suarez], yeah. A lot.

“We can change him, we can help, we can certainly help in terms of his disciplinary record. He knows that.

“But I love this type of player, I like players that play on the edge and sometimes get it wrong because these players are the ones that make the difference, they have got the X Factor.

“If you are a player and you don’t really play on the edge… you don’t really make special things happen on a football pitch.

“I loved playing with Suarez, he is my favourite player to play with. And I think I have already expressed how much I love Alfredo.”

Gerrard claimed at the weekend that he would ‘fall out’ with people to ensure Morelos stayed at Ibrox no matter what during the January transfer window.

And the 38-year-old has no reason to soften his stance after meeting with chairman Dave King ahead of the Rangers AGM this week.

Gerrard said: “That still stands. The chairman has never said to me that we have to generate money by selling players.

“He has said that myself and Mark Allen make all the decisions in terms of football so the chairman knows where I stand on Alfredo and all the other players. That statement still stands and will stand for a long time.

“It (the meeting with King) was positive. I had dinner with him on Monday evening.

“It was positive, it was good. We spoke about what we are trying to do in terms of the next couple of windows and what the future looks like.

“Spoke about a couple of setbacks we had had since the last time I spoke to him and about what was in store for the AGM because it was my first one.

“It was good to hear what the process was and what was expected and that was pretty smooth I think. All the political questions went the chairman’s way, which was fantastic for me!”