Brendan Rodgers has revealed that great care has been taken in devising a training routine for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to keep the midfielder at peak fitness even in his mid-30s, the
Gerrard managed 46 appearances for the Reds last season, Rodgers’ first in charge at Anfield, almost doubling the 24 he recorded in each of the two seasons before Rodgers took over. The England skipper has said numerous times that he feels as fit now as he ever has, even after turning 33 and as he approaches his 400th game for Liverpool.
Rodgers detailed the approach taking to ensuring Gerrard is ready to play every game. “You need to analyse the person, what age he is at and the body type he is,” said Rodgers. “One of the biggest things in our method of work is the recovery method.”
The former Swansea boss added: “Stevie for example plays on the Saturday, recovers on the Sunday doing pulls, stretch and massage, on the Tuesday recovers further with maybe a light jog. It’s a long load of low intensity recovery.
“You saw that before the international break when Stevie was fit enough to play Saturday, Tuesday (in the League Cup) and Sunday. We have individual plans for every player.”
Rodgers feels that the results in terms of player fitness speak for themselves – as does the extent to which the players enjoy the training sessions, something Rodgers feels is a crucial part of his role. “The numbers have shown since we have come here that the methodology of our work physically, technically and tactically helps them on game day,” he said.
“[The players] have bought into that and it’s something they enjoy,” Rodgers continued. “As a manager it’s your job to orchestrate and oversee that, that’s why when I came in here I needed to bring my own people in as they know exactly what I think in terms of the whole holistic approach to the players.”
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