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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers seems less optimistic about Steven Gerrard staying at Anfield. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers seems less optimistic about Steven Gerrard staying at Anfield. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers seems less optimistic about Steven Gerrard staying at Anfield. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers has dismissed as "nonsense" talk of a falling out with Steven Gerrard after the Liverpool skipper was dropped from the starting line-up for Saturday's victory over Stoke City.

Gerrard was left out of the first 11 for the match at Anfield as Liverpool arrested a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats with a nervy and hard-fought 1-0 victory that arrived courtesy of a late goal from Glen Johnson. It was the 16th anniversary of the 34-year-old midfielder's debut for the Merseyside club.

But after revealing that Gerrard has a new contract offer to digest, Rodgers claimed that he made a tactical switch against Stoke which required a different energy in midfield.

"The is, 150% no rift," said Rodgers. "The latest is that Steven Gerrard and his representatives have been offered a contract here and at this moment in time that's where it's at.

"For Steven, everything he's done in the period of time he's been here, for 16 years, is a man who deserves utmost respect and time to consider that. It's not just a big move in his life in terms of commitment but needs time and respect to look at that.

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"It certainly won't be money. I've spoken to him enough times at length and that won't be the case. Between now and the end of the season he deserves the opportunity to think."

"Steven was a player who could orchestrate attacks from deep, with the players we had up front, his quality could exploit that. The dynamic up front has changed so I have to think of a restructure so we look at a different type of midfielder to come in.

"Lucas is aggressive but can also attack. Ludogorets, Stoke, he's been excellent. It's been a great credit to him and hi s professionalism."

Rodgers is aware of the criticism coming his way and increased speculation about the relationship between players and manager at Anfield.

"You can't control that, you can only focus on the football and improving the players and it is my responsibility to get results for the team."

"I've got a team whose spirit is very strong, committed and working on consistent results."

"It takes time. There's a lot of players that have come in and it takes time to adjust.

"They're good players deemed to help the club over the coming years - as well as now - but the group is very much together."


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