Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers backs Steven Gerrard to continue form
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers backs Reds captain Steven Gerrard to continue his form in future seasons
Brendan Rodgers has backed Steven Gerrard to continue his excellent form next season after the Liverpool captain’s vital contribution this term.
The 32-year-old was facing questions about his future after a tame start to the season following a demanding European championship campaign captaining England last summer.
However, Gerrard bounced back from a slow start to score nine goals and make nine assists in the Premier League this term, including the winner in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
“He’s really professional – that gives him a great start,” said Rodgers of Gerrard.
“Steven is like clockwork – he’s in here every morning very early preparing his body, eating the right foods at breakfast and preparing himself for the medical and sports science team to ensure that when he steps out and training starts, he’s at his optimum level.
“He never has a lazy day. He gives 150 per cent into his training. His mindset is to learn, which helps.
“At 32 years of age, many players who are captains of their country, have won the trophies he has and have the iconic status he has here at Liverpool, maybe many players would rest on that.
“But he’s a player that still wants to learn, wants to improve and it’s a real privilege to work with someone of that quality.
“He’s 32 years of age and has a number of years left in him yet – and as you saw in the game against Aston Villa, he’s performing to a real high level. Let’s hope he can keep that going.”
Rodgers also insisted the Reds skipper would be offered a new deal, with the Northern Irishman expecting Gerrard to finish his career at Liverpool.
“Yes, in my opinion. For sure [Gerrard will finish his career at Liverpool],” he added.
“He said to me when I first came in that Liverpool was his club and when he retires from here one day, he’ll still be a supporter of Liverpool. I’ve got every confidence.
“Between now and the end of the season we’ll sit down and look at extending that because he’s very important to the future here. That will then hopefully see him through and he can still win trophies here at Liverpool, which is important.”