Steven Gerrard will not walk straight back into the Liverpool team, says Brendan Rodgers…
Brendan Rodgers has warned Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard that he faces a battle to win back a place in his in-form side, particularly while stand-in skipper Jordan Henderson continues to impress.
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The Reds have won three out of three league matches since the 34-year-old veteran limped out of the game against Tottenham Hotspur, beating top four rivals Southampton and Manchester City, as well as Burnley last time out.
Gerrard, who will join MLS side LA Galaxy when his Liverpool contract expires at the end of the season, remained a permanent fixture in Rodgers’ side up until his injury. He has watched the Reds’ new-look midfield duo of Henderson and Joe Allen both impress in his absence however.
The long-serving Anfield favourite has scored ten goals in 33 games so far this season, and is desperate to go out on a high after spending his entire career with his boyhood club.
Speaking about his upcoming selection headache, Rodgers, who was quoted by ESPN, said: “Steven’s very much a team player. If he was on the bench, and the team is playing well, everyone respects that.
“Nobody in the squad has a God-given right to get straight into the team. If someone’s playing well, irrespective of status or price, they play.
“But the important thing is having Steven available. He’s still an outstanding player, and he’ll make our squad a better squad.”