“Resilience & Character” Central to Liverpool’s Form- Gerrard

Steven Gerard says Liverpool have been able to post back-to-back league wins because of a recent improvement in the team’s “resilience and character.”

The skipper marked his ‘Reds’ return with a goal as Liverpool claimed a come-back win at bottom team Leicester City on Tuesday.

“I’m happy with the goal but even more pleased with the win. It has been well documented this season that we haven’t been good enough,” Gerrard said.

“But we are on our way up; we’re defending better, sticking together and we’re a lot harder to beat. We need to keep moving in that direction.”

Leonardo Ulloa pulled the hosts ahead when his shot hit the post and bounced in off the back of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s head.

Steven Gerrard Takes Instruction from Brendan Rodgers During the Win at the King Power Stadium. Image: LFC via Getty.
Steven Gerrard Takes Instruction from Brendan Rodgers During the Win at the King Power Stadium. Image: LFC via Getty.

But Adam Lallana ensured the ‘Foxes’s’ lead lasted not more than four minutes, pouncing on a Rickie Lambert knock down to drive home the equaliser. The skipper placed his side ahead shortly after the start of the second half with a precise effort after a poor clearance by Wes Morgan.

Leicester ended the match with ten men after Morgan was sent off for a foul on Lambert, then Jordan Henderson rounded off a deserved win for Rodgers’ men.

“The performance was very good,” he told BT Sport. “We didn’t get off to the start we wanted, but over the last couple of weeks we have shown great resilience and great character.

“We showed it again tonight. It could have been more than 3-1. I think all of us deserve a lot of credit. The last three performances have been superb and we need to keep trying to improve on that. It was a great team performance and a great three points.”

Rodgers heap praise on impactful Gerrard

The northern Irish boss stressed the 34-year-old’s energetic performance at the King Power stadium was a result of his anniversary day off at home to Stoke City last weekend.

Rodgers’ relationship with the veteran midfielder was a topic of debate after leaving him out of his starting lineup in Saturday’s hard-fought win over Stoke at Anfield- an occasion which coincided with the Englishman’s 16th anniversary of his Liverpool debut.

The manager: “I think you saw the energy in his legs tonight and his influence in the game, especially as [the match] wore on. It was an outstanding performance from Steven and an excellent goal.

“At this stage of his career, it’s about the level of the game. He’s a very important player for us. Like you saw tonight, he’s not 24 anymore.

“You have to do that with players at this part of their career. So for me it’s about mapping out the rest of the season for him and looking at the games to play him in. That’s what you have to do as a manager – plan forward.”

He continued: “People talk about being fair with every player. As a manager and managing certain players, it’s unfair to treat everyone the same, especially someone of Steven Gerrard’s stature.

“I had a great respect for Steven watching him from the outside – and an even greater one from the inside working with him.”