Liverpool latest: Rodgers slams Fergie over Gerrard, legend sets Sturridge target

A round up of the latest news and gossip about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Brendan Rodgers says former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was wrong to criticise Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in his autobiography. The former United boss implied that Gerrard was not a top player.

“I think everyone who's seen the comments will think they are harsh. I've watched Gerrard for many years and recognised he's a top player, but it's only when you come in and work with the man that you realise how professional he is on a daily basis,” said Rodgers.

Rodgers also took a jab at Ferguson’s comments that Liverpool need around eight players to be serious Premier League title contenders. Rodgers implied his side have made a great start to the season considering they’re supposedly well short on players.

The boss wants his team to build on the good start and get stronger as Liverpool head into a busy winter period. Rodgers has challenged his team to keep improving and he suggests that will make accumulating points over the rest of the season easier.

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Gerrard himself has sent some praise back in the manager’s direction, suggesting the current system Liverpool are using allows him to have more freedom around the Liverpool midfield.

“I can get forward slightly more in this formation knowing that I have got three defenders behind me,” said the Liverpool skipper.

Former Liverpool striker and Kop legend has backed current striker Daniel Sturridge to score 30 goals for the club this season. Rush suggests that’s the top end target Sturridge should be aiming for and also says regular England appearances will benefit the club.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling says the success of the team at the moment is more important than his personal ambitions. Sterling has failed to break into the first team regularly this season but points out the importance of the club doing well.

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In transfer news, Liverpool have new hope if they’re still interested in Eintracht Frankfurt star Sebastian Rode. The German press has reported that Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has dropped his interested in the 23-year-old who us out of contract at the end of the season.

The Metro has suggested that Brendan Rodgers is eyeing up a potential January swoop for Manchester City forward John Guidetti. The 21-year-old is back to full fitness after having knee surgery over the summer as he looks to get his career back on track.

In other news, former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson says Daniel Agger should be concerned that he’s not able to force his way into a side that is using three central defenders at the moment.

“The Dane cannot force his way back into the starting line-up despite Liverpool operating with three centre-backs - he has proven to be injury prone and has the body of an office worker rather than a footballer,” writes Lawrenson in the Liverpool Daily Post.

See also: Did Chelsea make a mistake selling Sturridge to Liverpool?

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