The 34-year-old midfielder is set to play his final game at Anfield on Saturday before the Liverpool captain moves to Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
Not having him here will be a hole and a miss. I’ve said it before, he is irreplaceable in terms of what he is, but you have to keep moving forward as a club and a team. He will be missed
The Reds midfielder has been in-and-out of the Liverpool manager’s first-team over the course of the season after the two parties failed to agree a new contract in December.
Rodgers, whose side are currently fifth in the table, said that he will miss having Gerrard around the Melwood training ground as well as his obvious quality on the pitch.
“I’ll miss him as a man because we’ve got what I would consider a strong relationship, both in terms of both of interests being purely and devotedly for Liverpool,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference on Friday.
“We want the club to succeed. Over the course of time, he has shown he is one of the very few genuine world-class players that are around the game. I’ve always admired him as a footballer from the outside, but getting to know him as the person I do over the last three seasons, he will be a miss.
“Our relationship is strong, we communicate well and he is someone I have big admiration and respect for. Not having him here will be a hole and a miss. I’ve said it before, he is irreplaceable in terms of what he is, but you have to keep moving forward as a club and a team. He will be missed.”
The Liverpool skipper scored at Stamford Bridge last weekend as the Reds drew 1-1 with newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea in west London.
Gerrard’s last game for the Reds will be at Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on 24 May.
The former England midfielder has won the Champions League, the Europa League, two FA Cups and three League Cups during a decorated career.
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