Steven Gerrard has gone public over rumours that he and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers have fallen out, insisting that any such talk was “nonsense” and that their relationship was fine.
Liverpool defeated Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday thanks to a late Glen Johnson goal, which stopped a run of three straight defeats in the Premier League and questions being asked over Rodgers’ future.
Gerrard was left on the bench for the Stoke win and only appeared as a second half substitute, which is what sparked suggestions that the pair had had a disagreement and the Reds skipper being left out of the starting line-up was some kind of punishment.
It didn’t help that Saturday was the 16th anniversary of Gerrard’s senior Liverpool debut, but Rodgers insisted after the match that he was unaware of any significance in the date.
However, Gerrard was quick to respond to the talk and released a definitive statement via his official Instagram account.
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"Just to set the record straight media talk of a fall out between us two is NONSENSE! Have a nice Sunday #together #solid #ynwa,” read the message.
The win over Stoke was much needed to at least settle some of the nerves currently pervading around Anfield. It came after a 2-2 draw in the Champion League groups stage against minnows Ludogorets, where a Simon Mignolet blunder and a last-gasp goal denied the Red victory.
However, the victory over Mark Hughes’ side at the weekend was hardly convincing and Liverpool still have a long way to go if they are to even get close to last year’s form, which saw them mount an unlikely title challenge before finishing second.
Missing Old Faces
Luis Suarez was their main men then and his move to Barcelona has had a devastating effect on their start to this season. Added to this is the injury problems suffered by their next top scorer, Daniel Sturridge, and the abysmal form of summer arrival Mario Balotelli.