‘Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard can maintain form into his mid-30s’
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard can maintain his current form into his mid-30s, according to the club's head of performance
Steven Gerrard can maintain his current form into his mid-30s, according to Liverpool head of performance Glenn Driscoll.
The Reds captain has enjoyed one of his most productive seasons at the Reds since making his debut in 1997, scoring eight goals and making nine assists in the Premier League.
The 32-year-old has featured in every single league game this term, clocking up 2,700 minutes of action, aided by his own training plan which has prevented the midfielder incurring any injuries.
“We had confidence that, if managed correctly, Steven would be able to achieve everything he has achieved this year,” Driscoll told Liverpool’s website.
“Four or five years ago, people were saying it was very unlikely that Steven – with his injury history – would ever achieve this, let alone reach the milestones he has hit this year in terms of playing time at the age of 32.
“It’s a credit to Steven himself; his professionalism is second to none. Steven has confidence now that he can play at the highest level into his mid-30s – that’s fantastic news for Liverpool.”
Driscoll says Rodgers deserves credit for overhauling the medical science team at the start of the season which has helped maintain the fitness levels of the Liverpool squad.
“At the start of the season there was quite an overhaul with the medical science departments,” he added.
“When Brendan came in, he made it clear that he wanted to set up outstanding medical science departments as well as recruitment and analysis departments.
“We wanted to maintain the good work that had previously been occurring at Liverpool. From a medical science perspective, we’ve had some great outcomes this year.”
He added: “Each individual player has individualised recovery sessions. In sessions leading into games, we also modify training so they are fresh and well prepared. That’s pretty unique.
“We determine that based on the individual player and lots of variables go into that. Each individual player has a different injury history so a lot of the individual care, screening, therapy and conditioning that we bring in depends on that player and the injuries he has had in the past – we prioritise and focus on those areas.
“The positives that we’ve had throughout the season have probably helped the trust in the players. Now the players do trust the methodology and the staff, and know that we’re going in the right direction.”