Steven Gerrard cannot walk into starting lineup when he is fit – Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers have warned Steven Gerrard that there will not be an easy route to enter the first team if he is fit. The Liverpool has been out for the last six matches of Liverpool due to hamstring injury.
Liverpool however were able to win five games out of those six fixtures losing solely to Besiktas only through penalties. The Liverpool have started training after his recovery from the hamstring injury and expected to be fit for their FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers.
It is also remarkable the way Brendan Rodgers have succeded despite the absence of Gerrard in which they won all six league games if in which Gerrard was absent.
Asked about Gerrard, Rodgers said: “There is no-one in the squad who has a God-given right to walk straight into the team. I have shown in my time here that players who are performing well, irrespective of price or status, they play – simple as that.”
He also added, “Steven is very much a team man and if he was on the bench because the team was in good form and playing well, I think everyone respects that.”
The absence of Gerrard was less felt by the Reds as the players like Lallana and Henderson have stepped up their performances which resulted in Liverpool being undefeated in Premier League in 2015.
“Jordan is a young guy who is a wonderful talent but he is a different type of player,” said the Northern Irishman.
“Just because he takes a corner and Steven Gerrard takes a corner, or because he shoots from outside the box and so does Steven, it doesn’t mean he is the new Steven Gerrard.”
“He is Jordan Henderson and he is creating his own career and headlines,” the Reds boss added.
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