Brendan Rodgers has told Steven Gerrard that he won’t walk back into his Liverpool team, even after he’s fully recovered from the injury that currently has him sidelined.
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The Reds have been without their 34-year-old captain since the 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur last month, but have taken nine out of nine points in the Premier League without him in the side.
His replacement as skipper, Jordan Henderson, has particularly impressed – scoring wonderful individual goals against both Manchester City and Burnley.
Rodgers, who was quoted by ESPN, said: “Steven’s very much a team player. If he was on the bench, and the team is playing well, everyone respects that.
“Nobody in the squad has a God-given right to get straight into the team. If someone’s playing well, irrespective of status or price, they play.
“But the important thing is having Steven available. He’s still an outstanding player, and he’ll make our squad a better squad.”