Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers has ‘no concerns’ over Steven Gerrard
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Steven Gerrard remains one of the Reds's most-talented players
Brendan Rodgers insists he has “no concerns” about Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s form.
The 34-year-old midfielder has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for ineffective performances against Aston Villa and West Ham United in the Premier League.
We want him to be involved in our big games because of his experiences and his talent
However, Liverpool manager Rodgers has underlined that Gerrard remains one of his side’s most-talented players, adding that the Reds will keep a close eye on the skipper’s fitness levels.
Rodgers said: “No concerns whatsoever, no. He is a brilliant player for us, really talented.
“It was a team performance overall that just wasn’t quite up to scratch.”
Rodgers added: “I feel we have managed his recovery really well in the last two seasons.
“Even when Steven was playing international football, I think if you look at his numbers and games and minutes he has played, you’ll see in the last couple of seasons that it is as good as it has been in his career.
“He is obviously at the age where we will look at him individually as a player.
“We want him to be involved in our big games because of his experiences and his talent, and we’ll always taper that recovery for him to allow him to be at the very best he can be.”
Gerrard could be rested for Liverpool’s clash against Middlesbrough in the third round of the Capital One Cup.