Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's growing understanding of the new system at Anfield is bringing the best out of the midfielder, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds boss admits the England skipper has suffered slightly from rejoining pre-season later than others after Euro 2012. However, in recent weeks there has been a marked upturn in the 32-year-old's form and three goals in his last five matches has highlighted that, although probably more important has been his eight assists so far - one short of his career-best.

"Steven came back a wee bit later than most players (in pre-season)," said Rodgers. "It took the group who went to the Euros a wee bit of time to get going and you also have to respect the change of manager. It's never easy. As each day goes on he's growing in his confidence and his play, and it's no surprise [he's got eight assists]."

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