Gerrard thinks it’s time for the young players at Anfield to become men.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has given some advice to the young players at the club suggesting they need to step up to the first team like Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson did last season.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers gave first team debuts to seven academy players in 2012/13, including youngest ever debutant Jerome Sinclair and Gerrard believes those hopefuls should be further proving themselves over the coming months.
“You only get described as a young lad for a certain amount of time and then it’s time to become a man and perform on a consistent basis,” the 33-year-old told the club’s website.
“It’s a big season for a lot of players – you look at Sterling and Henderson.
“Of course it’s a big season for every player we’ve got, but I think the supporters will be looking for the young lads to step up now, try to push people out of the way and become regulars in the team.”
Gerrard himself is a product of the youth system at Anfield and made his professional debut for the club in 1998 aged 18 and has since gone onto make 596 appearances for his boyhood side.
The midfielder is considered one of the greatest ever Liverpool players and has been captain of the Reds for nearly a decade.
During the Englishman’s time on Merseyside he has won two FA Cups, three League Cups and a has a Champions League medal following the club’s dramatic victory over AC Milan on penalties in 2005,
Gerrard also made the move up to international football in 2000, scoring in the famous 5-1 victory for England over rivals Germany in 2001 and has since gone onto earn an impressive 102 caps – making the midfielder the seventh most capped English international of all time.