Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has insisted that Brendan Rodgers was always the club’s first choice to replace Kenny Dalglish.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan had claimed that Roberto Martinez was offered the role after meeting Liverpool’s American ownership in Miami. But, the Reds skipper has assured fans that he was kept informed of the managerial search, and that Rodgers was always the preferred candidate.

“I’ve been kept in the loop all along by the board and the owners and he was always first choice – so take no notice of Dave Whelan,” said Gerrard.

The former-Swansea boss has won plaudits for his free-flowing possession based philosophy, and the new Liverpool manager has signed a three-year deal at Anfield to instil the same brand of elegant football on Merseyside.

And Gerrard is eager to begin work with his new boss once he returns from England duty at Euro 2012.

“I’m very excited and looking forward to working with him,” said Gerrard. “Before I spoke to him I had heard great things from the Chelsea boys and a few of the others who have worked with him. I’ve done a bit of homework and everyone speaks really well of him.”

Gerrard is set to lead England out against France in their opening group game on June 11, and the 32-year-old will be crucial to any hopes of success for the Three Lions.

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