Steven Gerrard has praised manager Brendan Rodgers for his change in formation this season, arguing that it allows him more freedom, according to Liverpool's official website.

The 33-year-old accepts that he cannot be as tireless as he was years ago, but after scoring his 100th Premier League goal from the penalty spot against Newcastle United last weekend, he is adamant that his goalscoring days are far from over.

"I can get forward slightly more in this formation knowing that I have got three defenders behind me," the Reds skipper admitted.

"In general, whether the system changed or not, I have spoken to Brendan and he wants me to pick and choose my runs."

The England captain made one of his trademark bursts forward from years gone by to assure his country's place in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup last week. 

He was quick to assure Liverpool fans that the days of those runs are not over - they will just be further and fewer between.

"I'm not going to become an out-and-out holding midfielder just yet," he added.

"With the goal against Poland, I saw the opportunity late on and still had the energy to burst into the box and managed to get a toe onto it and settle everybody's nerves.

"Hopefully I have a few more of those in the locker before I become an out-and-out holding midfielder. As soon as you hit 30, everybody starts calling you a veteran. The media started about three years ago! But, to be honest, I don't think about it."

Gerrard has been an ever-present of the Liverpool side so far this season, and two more outings will see him hit a milestone of 450 Premier League appearances for his boyhood club.

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