Brendan Rodgers has hailed the performances of Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool skipper closes in on Kenny Dalglish’s goal record.
Gerrard bagged the 171st goal of his illustrious Liverpool career during Wednesday’s crucial 2-1 victory over Sunderland.
The strike now sees him trail Dalglish by just a single goal, whilst his next strike will draw him level with the King as the club’s joint sixth top scorer of all time.
And Rodgers believes it is testament to the quality of Gerrard that he has still proved a goal scoring threat since moving into a deeper midfield role.
“It’s incredible really,” said Rodgers. “I think people wondered about his position, would it affect him moving back to that controlling position?
“To move a player back into that position hasn’t stopped his goal threat. He’s scored eight goals in his last 11 Premier League games, so he can dictate the game from behind.
“He’s a player who I think because of his intelligence and ability that if you gave him enough time he could play in any position on the field.
“For most of his career, he has played as an attacking player and he has been one of the world-class players.
“So to get to those numbers and equal someone of Kenny’s quality and status just shows you the true quality the guy has.
“He’s got a few more years yet to score more goals.”
Rodgers also expressed his delight at working with a player of Gerrard’s quality, and insists he still remains a crucial part of his future plans, despite the fact he is fast approaching his 34th birthday.
“His qualities are continual every day,” he said. “It’s not just at this point in time. His leadership every day in the changing room is first class and he’s a wonderful captain.
“It’s been a huge pleasure for me to work with someone I have looked at from the outside for these last 18 months.
“His status as one of the leading players in the world for the last number of years, he has that respect.
“You have seen from his performances he has still has that quality in his game. He’s a guy who steps up in the big moments in games, like when we needed something special the other night he stepped up and scored.”