Liverpool morning news, Gerrard praises manager, legend says United result will be felt by rivals

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has labelled Brendan Rodgers a 'breath of fresh air' whilst urging the club to tie the manager down to a new contract.

Gerrard is quoted in several papers this morning singing the praises of his boss and has praised the team spirit he has built at the club. The Liverpool boss will enter the final year of his current deal next season.

Gerrard said: “He is a young coach who has been there and earned the right to become Liverpool manager.

“The manager is very keen on team spirit and togetherness.

“When you are working together daily and trying to achieve things together, it is important you all stick together, have a laugh and enjoy it as you go along.

“But you can only get that togetherness, spirit and happiness when you do the dirty work and go the extra mile. That is what these players are doing for each other right now.”

Argentina legend Diego Maradona was denied access to the Liverpool dressing room on Sunday as he tried to congratulate Luis Suarez on his role in the Reds’ 3-0 victory at Manchester United, according to the Daily Express.

A United spokesman said: “There were simply too many people in the tunnel to allow access. The only way he would have been able to see anyone would have been to wait by the coach.”

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has written in his Daily Mail column that the impact of Sunday's result from his old side will have been felt by their title rivals.

He said: “Nobody will dare underestimate Liverpool now.

“Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will have looked at the two games Liverpool have just faced, away trips to United and Southampton, and probably expected them to return with, at best, four points.

“That they have come through them with six unanswered goals, maximum points and confidence soaring will be causing Pellegrini, Mourinho and Wenger concern. The more they get into this race, the more impressive Liverpool look.”

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