Liverpool: Rodgers calms Gerrard fears

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said Steven Gerrard should be fit enough to play for England in this month’s international friendlies.

The talismanic midfielder was substituted in the 4-0 win over Fulham on Saturday due to a persistent hip problem, but the Liverpool boss said this was purely a precautionary measure.

After the win, Rodgers said: “He had had a wee issue with his hip, where I can rest him I will.

“I haven’t spoken to the medical team, but he should be fine [for England].”

England face Chile and Germany in friendlies over the next nine days, with both clashes important tests ahead of next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

England manager Roy Hodgson has just three matches before he must decide his squad for the World Cup, and will have been heartened by Gerrard’s performance against the Cottagers, particularly regarding his delivery from set-pieces.

“Steven’s delivery is as good as it gets – no-one delivers a ball like Steven,” Rodgers continued.

“Every week I ask him where I want him to put the ball and he puts it there. And you saw with two of our goals – the free-kick and the corner – there was incredible quality on his deliveries.”

The win against Fulham was Liverpool’s seventh league success of the season, with Rodgers praising his side’s mentality and focus. The win saw the Reds push themselves into second place in the Premier League as they aim to win their first league title since 1990.

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