Brendan Rodgers hails “remarkable” Steven Gerrard after 2-1 victory over Aston Villa

4/1/13 in Soccer   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers lauded Steven Gerrard for his spectacular performance in the 2-1 comeback victory over Aston Villa on Sunday. The Anfield boss revealed Steven Gerrard had an injection in his heel before setting out on the field against Aston Villa.
 
The 32-year-old England international scored on a penalty and made a goal-line clearance to help Liverpool grab a crucial away win. Surprisingly, Steven Gerrard hasn’t missed a minute of Premier League action this season, but there are more reason to be impressed for.
 
Brendan Rodgers has revealed Steven Gerrard cut short his vacations last summer in order to welcome him to Anfield. The Liverpool captain, who has been at the heart of the Merseyside club since his boyhood, believes he can bring the Reds back to their former glory.
 
Brendan Rodgers believes Steven Gerrard has time on his hands. The former Swansea City manager claims Steven Gerrard is in remarkable shape, which is why he will be a “real influential player” for Liverpool in the future.
 
“He can play on into his late 30s,” Brendan Rodgers said. “He is 32, he is England captain and he wants to improve. He is a real influential player for us and will be for a number of years. He's a remarkable man. Look at his fitness level, and his running ability. He has been like that the majority of the season.
 
“When I first got appointed at Liverpool, he cut short his holiday to fly back and come and see me to welcome me to the club and said him and Carra [Jamie Carragher] would be 150% behind me. Since that day, they have been 200% behind me.
 
“He is a real inspirational man, a top, top player with his hunger and desire for Liverpool to succeed. I can't speak highly enough of him. To work with the man is huge and as a captain to a manager, he has been phenomenal to me.”
 
Goals from Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard set Liverpool’s path to victory after Christian Benteke left the Reds one goal down in the first half. Brendan Rodgers praised Steven Gerrard for the way he led the team and became a shining example on the field.
 
“He has taken a real leadership role within the group,” Brendan Rodgers added. “There were moments within the second half when he was organizing the team. He has taken on board the responsibility of being vocal and the on-field leader.
 
“He was in a bit of pain and struggling to get a boot on. It was nothing major but many other players might not have played.”
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