Gerrard scored the second goal and had a hand in Jordan Henderson’s third as Liverpool secured back-to-back wins with a 3-1 triumph at the King Power Stadium.
Steven Gerrard was used in an advanced role last night four days after being benched for the weekend win over Stoke City. Gerrard scored his first goal from open play in January as he helped Liverpool climb up the Premier League table with a hard-fought win over 10-man Leicester City. The skipper was at the heart of everything positive about the Reds last night and made sure that Liverpool’s revival is slowly gathering pace.
Speaking to reporters after the match Brendan Rodgers insists Steven Gerrard remains vital to Liverpool FC,”It was an outstanding performance by him and an excellent goal – a very good performance.”
“We spoke again yesterday him and I – to confirm we hadn’t fallen out with each other!”
“Sentiment does not come into it – I pick him because I think he can still really influence a game.Every player, no matter how good they are, has a time when the wheels are down and they’re ready to land. But he’s not ready to land yet.”
Rodgers reiterated the fact that he will carefully balance the game time of Gerrard over the coming months.”He’s a guy where we look at the games, and at this stage of his career it’s about the level of the game.”
“And at this moment in time I know if I can manage him, his training, his games, he can still have a real impact even though he is approaching 35.”
“He’s very important for us. But he’s not 24 any more and you have to do that with players at that stage – it’s about mapping out the rest of the season and the game he can play in.”
The Liverpool boss was also pleased with the spirit displayed by his team to recover from the equalizer to grab all three points.
“What’s important for me is the spirit first,” said Rodgers. “Tonight, being competitive was very important for us. For a spell up until the Palace game, we weren’t being competitive.”
“We have changed it around and that’s been excellent over the last three games.We still have a way to go but we are going to fight our way through the spell we are in.”
“We should have a completely different mindset now. For us to go behind, we showed resolve and character to come back into the game.”
“Momentum is very important. That’s three good performance and results.”
With this win Liverpool moved into the top half of the Premier League.