Jordan Henderson has heralded the return of injury-hit captain Steven Gerrard to the Liverpool midfield, and believes he is the man to inspire them to greater things this season.
Gerrard scored on his return to action, bagging the Reds' third goal in a 3-1 win over Newcastle on Friday at Anfield after appearing from the substitute bench.
The England midfielder has been limited to just six Barclays Premier League appearances so far this season because of a series of injuries, but is in line for a starting spot against Manchester City on Tuesday.
Liverpool now sit in 6th place, three points behind 4th placed Chelsea, and Henderson believes the returning skipper has already provided a timely boost with his return and will continue to “change games” as he returns to full fitness.
“Steven is an inspiration for everyone here," Henderson told the official website.
"You could see that when he came on against Newcastle, the whole atmosphere of the place lifted and on the pitch everyone lifted a gear.
"I don't know why we pushed our game on when Steven came on. But I think that shows just how good he is. He can change games and is a massive player for Liverpool.
"He is a massive threat to the opposition. He showed that with a great touch and a great finish for his goal." The former Sunderland midfielder added.
Henderson has featured heavily for Liverpool this season but was deployed on the right wing against Newcastle, away his his favoured central position.
The 21-year-old believes the return of Gerrard wil not only benefit the team, but also him personally as he continues to compete for a starting spot in the centre of midfield.
“You learn things in training off different players," he commented.
"I've learned a lot from Steven in training and when he's played in games and now he's back I hope to learn even more.
"Everyone knows he is an outstanding player and it's a real plus for us that he's back. I do try and watch him and see how he does things, and there are great players at Liverpool that I can try and learn from.
"I need to concentrate on my own game and keep on improving. Hopefully players like Stevie can help me do that."