Gerrard not to blame, insists Liverpool boss Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the form of captain Steven Gerrard is not to blame for the club’s disappointing season so far, Sky Sports has reported.

The Reds have endured a desperately poor campaign, winning four and losing six of their opening 12 Premier League fixtures to lie in 12th place in the table, having finished as runners-up last season. They have also struggled on their return to the Champions League, and face a crucial match away to Ludogorets on Wednesday evening.

At the age of 34 and still a regular in the side in league and cup, Gerrard’s performances have come under constant scrutiny in recent months, with some claiming that his influence is waning. However, Rodgers defiantly backed the former England skipper, saying: “This is about the team,”

“Steven has been an outstanding figure for me in my time here and, ok, we’re looking at different areas of his game – he’s not the Steven Gerrard he was 10, 12 years ago – but we’ve seen last year how instrumental he was in our climb towards the top of the table.

“He’s been the lynchpin of this football club; he’s carried this club lots of time on his own for the last 10 years. I think it’s unfair, at this stage of his career, to be looking at him as the reason.’

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