‘Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard one of Premier League’s best-ever players’

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Reds captain Steven Gerrard is one of the Premier League's best-ever players

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Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield last May Photo: Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is one of the Premier League’s best-ever players.

The 33-year-old signed a new two-year deal with the five-time European champions after turning back the clock with an impressive return of nine top-flight goals last season.

And Rodgers admitted he was thrilled to secure his captain’s future, revealing the close relationship between the Reds manager and England international.

“I respect everything he’s done within the game prior to me coming in here,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“I respect his loyalty and he respects that I am the manager of the football club and make football decisions, but will talk with him.

“I always work closely with players. We have a good relationship and the door is always open for Steven as the club captain.

“He and I speak regularly and our relationship is very, very good, as it is for me with most of the players.

“He’s a real good guy and very, very humble.

“That’s the mark of him – with everything he’s achieved in the game, everything he’s won, he’s the current England captain and one of the best players to ever have graced the Premier League, to retain the humility that he has and still the eagerness to want to improve and be better, he is a real shining light and example for many players.”

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