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Liverpool: Rodgers pays tribute to Steven Gerrard



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gerrard-796Steven Gerrard just needs one more goal to equal Kenny Dalglish’s tally of 172 and join him at sixth in the club’s all time list of goal scorers.

As he closes in on the landmark, Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on his talismanic skipper for his versatility and superb goalscoring ability.

“I think people wondered about his position and whether it would affect him, moving back into that controlling role,” the Liverpool boss told the club’s official website,

“But I think there are a couple of things with Steven. We’ve moved him back into that position and yet it hasn’t stopped his goal-threat. He’s scored nine goals in his last 11 Premier League games.”

“He can dictate the game from behind. He’s a player that I think, because of his incredible intelligence and ability, that if you give him enough time, he could play in any position on the field.”

“To get to those numbers and almost equal someone of Kenny Dalglish’s quality and status just shows you the true quality that the guy has. He’s got a few more years to go yet to hopefully score more goals.”

Steven Gerrard has found the back of the net 11 times this season and assisted another nine, and despite approaching his 34th birthday, Brendan Rodgers is eager for his captain to continue on,

“I think he’s shown that leadership right the way through, from when I came in,” continued Rodgers. “He’s first-class.”

“You saw him the other night giving orders out to the team and telling people, which is important, because you don’t have the time when you’re in the changing room and you’ve conceded a goal. He’s very short, sharp and concise with his information.”

“But his qualities are continual every day. His leadership in the changing room is first-class. He’s a wonderful captain and it’s been a huge pleasure for me to work with someone who I’ve looked at from the outside.”

“That I’ve had the pleasure of working with him, very closely over these past 18 months has been brilliant and long may it continue.”