Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers backs duo to fill Steven Gerrard void

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers backs Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva to fill Steven Gerrard's void in the coming weeks

Steven Gerrard
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard Photo: Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers has backed Liverpool duo Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva to fill Steven Gerrard’s void in the coming weeks.

The 33-year-old Reds captain is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks after the England international suffered a hamstring injury in a 4-1 victory over West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.

Joe [Allen] looks like he did when he first came here with his movement, his body work and fluency on the ball

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool will be without their talismanic skipper for the clashes against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea this month, but Rodgers has faith in Allen and Lucas.

“Steven is such an important player for us, but we have other players and dynamics in the team and they have to step up,” said Rodgers.

“Lucas has been excellent for us and he has forced his way into the Brazil side, so he has that quality and experience to step up and take the
responsibility.

“Joe looks like he did when he first came here with his movement, his body work and fluency on the ball and that’s what we need right now.

“We have a number of small players on the field but if we have the ball and the other team hasn’t, I think they struggle with it.

“We need that mobility and constant movement in the midfield to get on the ball and knit the game together.”

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