Brendan Rodgers has hailed Steven Gerrard after working alongside the Liverpool legend for three years at Anfield.
The Northern Irish coach, who was replaced by Jurgen Klopp in early October, described Gerrard as “an absolute pleasure to work with” and a “good, good man”.
Rodgers also revealed that the former England international cut short his holiday in order to tell his new manager that he was there to give him “150 per cent”.
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“I can tell you that he was an absolute pleasure to work with, He’s not just any player. As a captain he gave me everything,” Rodgers was quoted as telling beIN Sports by the Mirror. “To give you an example, when it was announced I got the Liverpool job, he cut his holiday short and he came to tell me, ‘Boss, I am here for you 150 per cent’.
“It was a difficult situation with him. He could still play at that level but the difficulty was that sometimes he would have to come out (of the team).
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“When you play at that top level for so many years, you know, it’s hard but he’s an incredible player, a remarkable player and a good, good man."
Rodgers grateful for Gerrard's contribution
Rodgers has shown no bitterness towards Gerrard after the Anfield hero revealed he was quitting the club midway through last season.
Gerrard made the tough decision to leave his boyhood club in order to embark on a new adventure with LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
One of the reasons he left Liverpool was because Rodgers left him out of the starting line-up for key matches - purely for tactical reasons - including a Champions League clash against Real Madrid, and the ill-fated Premier League defeat against Manchester United last March, in which Gerrard was sent off just 38 seconds after coming on as a second-half substitute.
As Rodgers alludes to, Gerrard - who turns 36 in May - was at that stage in his career where he wasn’t physically capable of starting every match.
Managing him correctly would have proved an immensely difficult task for any coach, particularly when the fans wanted to see the club’s talismanic figure out on the pitch.
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