Brendan Rodgers has praised Steven Gerrard for bouncing back from ‘hard moments’, following his slip against Chelsea at Anfield last season.
The Liverpool skipper unfortunately gifted a goal to former Chelsea forward Demba Ba, which went a long way to deciding the fate of the Premier League title.
And ahead of the first meeting between the two sides since that infamous day, Rodgers has offered words of praise towards the 34-year-old.
“I think it was probably more for you guys (the media). It was just an unfortunate thing for me,” said Rodgers, who revealed Gerrard had a scan on a hamstring before the squad flew out to Madrid on Monday.
“It shows you the character of Steven. He has demonstrated that through his career.
“He has had hard moments in his career and he always responds magnificently – there was no blame.
“He was instrumental in our run last year and how well we played and he is a big character and bounces back from that.”