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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists other players have to step up in the absence of Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists other players have to step up in the absence of Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists other players have to step up in the absence of Steven Gerrard.

LIVERPOOL CEO Ian Ayre has given Brendan Rodgers his full backing on the day the club announced the beginning of a £115m stadium redevelopment which will bring Anfield's capacity close to 55,000.

Fending off questions about Rodgers' future, Ayre (left) rubbished suggestions that the Liverpool boss is under pressure from the club's owners, Fenway Sports.

"There was no speculation on our part," said Ayre. "Lose a few games and the whole world turns but certainly not within this football club and our fan base.

"The manager has great support, we work as one team, we are all together, nobody's running scared and we are very pleased."

Naturally enough, Rodgers is buying into the positive message being broadcast by Ayre. "Since the Crystal Palace game, the reaction has been excellent. It releases the pressure a little bit but for me, the players deserve great credit for how they've responded the last three games," said Rodgers.


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