Rodgers: No Gerrard concerns

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Steven Gerrard will be in good shape for Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Last Updated: 22/11/13 at 13:07 Post Comment

Steven Gerrard has been backed by Brendan Rodgers.

Steven Gerrard has been backed by Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident captain Steven Gerrard will be in good shape for the Merseyside derby despite having a painkilling injection to get through England's midweek friendly.

Gerrard required the treatment for a hip problem to get him through the defeat to Germany, a game played four days before the Reds' Saturday lunchtime trip to Goodison Park.

But Rodgers does not feel it will limit his captain in the derby clash, because of his professionalism and the way the 33-year-old manages his body.

"It's very simple; he's a brilliant professional," said the Liverpool boss.

"He is someone that manages his body really well - he knows he's got a superb medical team here to support that.

"The training methodology helps him because he's working in different spaces and different exercises on a daily basis. That takes away a lot of impact and physicality.

"He just manages himself really well. He knows his body. Over the last 18 months, you only need to look at his record since we came in - it has been very good.

"In big part, that is down to him and his professionalism."

Gerrard's club-mate, striker Daniel Sturridge, completed 90 minutes at Wembley on Tuesday - after attending international duty with a previous thigh problem.

Rodgers will assess the fitness of the player in the build-up to the Everton game.

"He obviously went to England with an injury," said Rodgers. "He's had a dead leg for about three to four weeks that he has been playing through. He hardly trained when he left, after the Fulham game.

"We'll assess him; he's back recovering after that, with the other international players. We'll see how it is over the next couple of days."

The injury news was not so positive on left-back Jose Enrique, who is set to undergo surgery to correct a long-term knee problem.


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