Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed why he did not start Steven Gerrard against Swansea on Monday, Daily Star reports.
Gerrard came back from being sidelined for five weeks due to a hamstring injury, coming off the bench in their 1-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium.
Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson got the only goal of the game in the 68th minute, and Rodgers’ side held on to the lead to record their fifth straight league win on the trot.
The Liverpool manager went on add that club captain Gerrard did not start the match due to the respect he has towards the players that have been in such good form in their brilliant run.
Rodgers said “You have to pay respect to the team.
“The team has been playing very well and getting results and collectively over the last three months we’ve been in great form.
“You’ve also got to pay attention that he (Gerrard) has been out for considerable period of time as well, but you see how important he is when he came on.
“We were able to penetrate when Steven came on and he offered that calmness and control.
“We switched to a diamond with Steven at the bottom and he was very important to that.”
The Reds will have two tough Premier League games in succession in their bid to finish in the top four, hosting Manchester United at Anfield this weekend before travelling to the Emirates to face Arsenal on the 4th of April.