Rodgers insists Gerrard remains vital to Liverpool cause

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers does not believe that Steven Gerrard’s advancing years have diminished his importance to the Reds, the Daily Mirror has reported, with Rodgers insisting the captain is still a vital part of the Anfield set-up.

Gerrard played every Premier League game bar the final two last season – missing the end of the campaign due to shoulder surgery – but having undergone the operation, was able to take part in the beginnings of pre-season training on Tuesday.

Rodgers does not feel that Gerrard going under the knife is a sign of the 33-year-old slowing down – much the opposite, in fact, as Rodgers pointed to the speedy recovery Gerrard made as evidence he still has a great deal to contribute even as he enters his mid-30s.

” Rodgers said. “He had his operation towards the end of the season and the plan was for him to continue his rehab over the off-season.

It’s a big credit to him – he’s worked tirelessly over the summer. He won’t be too far away. He looks great and is in great condition.

Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in November 1998, playing as a last-minute substitute for Vegard Heggem against Blackburn Rovers. The England skipper has gone on to make more than 600 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 159 goals.

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