Captain Fantastic saves Liverpool again, Rodgers expresses his delight

Steven Gerrard Celebrates

At 33-years-old, Steven Gerrard is still setting records at Liverpool.

He never gives up, does Captain Fantastic.

First, the Reds skipper produced a sensational pass from his own half to tee up Liverpool's first equaliser against Fulham, registering his ninth assist of the Premier League season.

Then, with the game level at 2-2, Gerrard scored from the spot in the 90th minute to secure three vital points for his side. It was the 33-year-old's 23rd league penalty, drawing him level with Thierry Henry. Only Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Matt Le Tissier have scored more.

The win means Liverpool are now just four points off league-leaders Chelsea - and boss Brendan Rodgers is under no illusions as to just how important his skipper is to the Reds' aspirations this season.

"Steven, for me, is peerless in many aspects," Rodgers told reporters after the game.

"He was brilliant against Arsenal. His pass for the first goal, that penetration he has, which he's shown all his life, and then he's composed at the end. His professionalism right through into this part of his career is still there.

"He has an idea of the way which the 'keeper will dive and then he'll chose a corner. So there's no greater person than Steven Gerrard. A penalty late in the game, last couple of minutes to get the three points and he's tucked it away really well."

Gerrard's ninth assist of the season not only matches his personal best for a single campaign but takes him joint-top of the assists chart with Wayne Rooney.

And the closer Liverpool get to the final games of the season, the more important their 33-year-old captain is likely to be in their challenge for a Champions League place - or even the title.

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