Liverpool captain hails character after 3-1 win against Leicester City

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has hailed the team’s character after battling back to beat Leicester City 3-1 on Tuesday, Mirror reports.

Gerrard was put back into the starting line-up after being rested during the weekend, and replied by scoring the Reds’ second goal.

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Manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his skipper’s performance, stating: “I’ve got big trust in the players. Steven Gerrard was outstanding and has been a world class talent since a young age.

“He is not 24 anymore, it is about mapping out the rest of the season for him and planning forward.

“Sentiment doesn’t come into it for me. For me it is about what is best for the team.

“I pick Steven Gerrard because I still think he can really influence a game of football for us.

“He looked fresh in his running tonight. He has a natural instinct to get forward and he arrives in that spot you want him. He was outstanding.

“Even though he is approaching 35 at the end of this year he still has fantastic qualities.”

Gerrard also praised his team-mates, and that the win is more important than scoring a goal for himself.

“The performance was very good. We never got off to the start we wanted but over the last couple of weeks we showed great reliance and character. We have shown that again tonight, it could have been more than 3-1.

“I am happy with the goal but even more happy with the win,” Gerrard said.

“I think it has been well documented this season that we haven’t been good enough. But we are on the way up, we are defending better, sticking together and are a lot harder to beat over the last couple of weeks.

“We need to keep moving in that direction then we can get our world-class player in Daniel Sturridge and we will keep moving forward and put up a great fight for fourth place.”

And Gerrard, who has a new contract offer waiting to be signed, added: “I will decide when I am ready. There is nothing to say on the contract at the moment.

“I think our last two performances have been superb and we need to keep trying to improve on that.”