Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers picks his favourite Steven Gerrard goal
Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard's free-kick effort at Newcastle in 2007 is his favourite goal scored by the Liverpool star
Brendan Rodgers has picked out Steven Gerrard’s free-kick at Newcastle United six years ago as the best of the Liverpool captain’s 100 Premier League goals.
The 33-year-old netted from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw with 10-man Magpies on Saturday to become the 24th player in English top-flight history to score a century of goals since its formation in 1993.
Gerrard, who signed a two-year contract extension with the Reds in July, has scored eight times against the Magpies since netting his first Liverpool goal against Sheffield Wednesday in 1997.
And Rodgers selected the Liverpool skipper’s long-range free-kick in a 3-0 win at St James’ Park in November 2007 as the Northern Irishman’s favourite Gerrard goal.
“It’s a monumental contribution,” Rodgers said.
“He’s a player that I’ve watched for many years and even played against as a young player.
“Probably for me, Gerrard’s best league goal came at this ground. He scored an absolute screamer from a free-kick. So to get his 100th goal here as well – he likes scoring against Newcastle.”
Gerrard led England to World Cup qualification last week as the Three Lions skipper netted in a 2-0 win against Poland at Wembley to secure his country’s passage to next summer’s tournament in Brazil.
And Rodgers believes Gerrard is capable of adding to his 100-goal tally as the Reds midfielder continues to manage his fitness levels despite being deep in the twilight of his career.
“He’s an incredible player and I’m fortunate enough to be able to get to know him as man as well,” Rodgers added.
“As a captain, he’s been brilliant for me and understands the manager’s role and respects it. A great player and has many more goals to come as well.
“People talk about his fitness at 33 – he’s played two international games and put a really good performance here.”