Date: 23rd September 2014 at 11:02am
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Brendan Rodgers has defended the performances of Steven Gerrard, with the Reds captain coming under fire for some below par performances during the first six matches of the season, reports the Daily Star.

Gerrard has found it difficult to replicate the form of last season playing in a deeper midfield role, with teams now marking the 34-year-old man-to-man.

But Rodgers has leapt to the defence of his captain, saying that his place in the first team is under no threat.

Rodgers said: “No concerns whatsoever, no.

“He is a brilliant player for us, really talented.

“It was a team performance overall that just wasn’t quite up to scratch.

“I feel we have managed his recovery really well in the last two seasons.

“Even when Steven was playing international football, I think if you look at his numbers and games and minutes he has played, you’ll see in the last couple of seasons that it is as good as it has been in his career.

“He is obviously at the age where we will look at him individually as a player.

“We want him to be involved in our big games because of his experiences and his talent, and we’ll always taper that recovery for him to allow him to be at the very best he can be.”