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Brendan Rodgers says that there are no problems with Gerrard
By Andrew Scott Sunday, 7 December 2014 03:54
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that Steven Gerrard does not have any problems with his management keeping him benched on Saturday, and sportsbook software services were very glad to learn that there are no rifts.
In three matches, this proved to be the second occasion that the 34-year-old was named as one of the substitutes for Sunderland’s Premier League trip to Anfield that ended in a draw of 0-0.
The captain joined the game in the 67th minute, but was unable to do much for the Reds as Sunderland were able to get a point from a meeting that disappointed many fans.
With a very important match with Basel in the UEFA Champions League, and a trip to Manchester United, it’s possible that the manager will be forgiven for his wish to keep his captain at his best form.
And Rodgers again said that there’s no trouble between the midfielder and himself over the decision made to have the player rotated in and out of the team’s starting squad.
“We have a big month ahead, December is a big month, there’s big games,” said Rodgers.
“The management of Steven is fine, there’s no problem with that and we can’t solely always rely on Steven.
“His talent is world class but that contribution has to come around the team. It can’t be up to him every single game to be the catalyst. He’ll play on Tuesday [versus Basel].
“It’s very hard to replace that quality. Certainly here for Liverpool it’s something that we need to find, that player of that stature and that quality.
“He’s got world-class ability and at this stage of his career it’s me looking to manage that in order to play in the games.”
And sportsbook software services were glad to learn that even though they were unable to take out Sunderland, the manager praised his players’ efforts.
“I thought the second half was much better,” added Rodgers. “I have to give credit to the players because our intention was to go and win the game.
“[The] first half was a little slow but I thought second half we pressed the game much better but the ball wouldn’t drop to us. We needed that little bit of luck.
“It was important for us that we kept the clean sheet, two clean sheets in three games and seven points out of nine this week.
“It was a big effort from the players, I can’t ask for any more than what they’ve given.
“You’ve got to give Sunderland credit, they defended well.”