Talksport, with the player due to receive his 100th England cap.

Gerrard is set to lead out the three lions on Wednesday night in a friendly encounter against Sweden and his boss was full of praise for his midfielder star.

The Reds talisman also reached a milestone at club level recording his 600th appearance for Liverpool recently.

The England playmaker has been a crucial influence at Anfield for the best part of a decade and this was not lost on his current manager.

Rodgers went on to tell Talksport: “I’ve watched him from the outside for a long time, but to actually work with him on a day to day basis, you realise he’s great player and an even better man.

“The way he conducts himself off the field, he has real old school values and ethics. He never has a lazy day. He comes in every day to work hard and is a real inspiration to the young players at the club.

“He’s a wonderful role model and he’s still got a few years left in him yet. He’s been outstanding, a real good man, and hopefully he can keep performing.”

At 31 years of age his manager is aware that he has to use his skipper effectively to ensure that he will remain fresh for their Premier League fixtures, hence Rodgers’s decision to rest him in Liverpool’s last Europa League match against Anzhi.

Rodgers also insisted that his captain had several years left performing at the highest level and could be a key figure in regalvanising Liverpool’s season outside of Luis Suarez.