Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers challenges his side to cope with Gerrard

With Liverpool’s long-serving midfielder Steven Gerrard leaving in the summer, manager Brendan Rodgers has warned the side that they will have to start coping without him, reports ITV Football.

Long-term captain for both club and country, this season has seen Liverpool struggle in the league and Europe. Steve Gerrard has found himself in and out of the team, with Rodgers managing his fitness, but the former England international will be exiting Anfield completely in the summer, and the Reds can no long afford to rely on him.

“It has to come from within. I felt here in my time even when Steven was on the bench the team are looking for him to come into the game. This is an opportunity for the players to step forward because come the end of the season he won’t be here. We have enough players in that changing room who will now show that character which makes successful teams,” said Rodgers.

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