Liverpool boss Rodgers has no worries over Gerrard fitness

Brendan Rodgers has insisted he has no concerns over the fitness of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, Sky Sports has reported, after the midfielder received a painkilling injection to enable him to play for England against Germany in midweek.

The Reds meet Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday in the first Merseyside derby of the season and there had been a suggestion that Gerrard would struggle to be fit for the game after his international exertions. But Rodgers believes Gerrard will be fit for the fixture thanks to the excellent care he takes of his body.

It’s very simple; he’s a brilliant professional,” Rodgers said of the 33-year-old skipper. “He is someone that manages his body really well – he knows he’s got a superb medical team here to support that.

The training methodology helps him because he’s working in different spaces and different exercises on a daily basis,” Rodgers added. “That takes away a lot of impact and physicality.

Gerrard has played 19 games so far this season for club and country, scoring four goals in the process, helping England to World Cup qualification and Liverpool to a lofty place in the Premier League table. Rodgers credits the continued influence of the Liverpool native to Gerrard’s serious approach to fitness.

He just manages himself really well,” the manager said. “He knows his body. Over the last 18 months, you only need to look at his record since we came in – it has been very good. In big part, that is down to him and his professionalism.

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