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Rodgers reveals Gerrard plans

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed how he has managed Steven Gerrard's fitness to keep him at the peak of his game.

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Brendan Rodgers: Managing Steven Gerrard's fitness

Brendan Rodgers: Managing Steven Gerrard's fitness

Gerrard, who is set to captain Liverpool for the 400th time in Monday's game at Swansea City, has been a virtual ever-present for Rodgers since he took over at Anfield last summer and he has been able to cope with the demands of playing for club and country so far in a busy start to the season.

The 33-year-old has been given a routine tailored to ensure he can his extend his playing career well into his 30s.

"You need to analyse the people and what age he is at and the body type he is," explained Rodgers.

"One of the biggest things in our method of work is the recovery method. Stevie for example plays on the Saturday, recovers on the Sunday doing pulls, stretch and massage, on the Tuesday recovers further with maybe a light jog. It's a long load of low intensity recovery. Stevie was fit enough to play Saturday, Tuesday and Sunday at the start of this season.

"He has moderate to low intensity recovery programmes. We have individual plans for every player in terms of getting them through the games."

Rodgers says he is happy to give his skipper time off where and when necessary because he knows he will be doing everything correctly to prepare for fixtures.

"It depends if you are a dogmatic coach and you think you always have to have the player out there," added Rodgers.

"Given the culture we have created here, the players want to be out training every day.

"Sometimes with the recovery, they'll feel they want to do a bit more. But the numbers have shown since we have come here that the methodology of our work physically, technically and tactically helps them on game day.

"They have bought into that and it's something they enjoy. As a manager it's your job to orchestrate and oversee that, that's why when I came in here I needed to bring my own people in as they know exactly what I think in terms of the whole holistic approach to the players."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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