Liverpool boss Rodgers back Gerrard to bounce back from costly slip

Steven Gerrard Euro 2012 England

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed captain Steven Gerrard to recover from his huge slip in the recent game against Chelsea.

With Liverpool gunning for their first Premier League title, Chelsea travelled to Stamford Bridge looking to spoil the party at Anfield, but it was a mistake by Reds legend Gerrard which provided the turning point in the title race. Collecting the ball on the half way line, Gerrard lost control of the ball and slipped over, handing Blues striker Demba Ba a path to goal to make it 1-0.

Willian wrapped things up for Jose Mourinho's men in injury time, but Liverpool were forced into throwing everything at Chelsea as a result of being 1-0 down, and many have blamed Gerrard's untimely slip for Liverpool's eventual collapse in the title race.

But manager Rodgers has provided backing for the 33-year-old, saying that the slip was not to blame for Liverpool handing over top spot to Manchester City, and that the midfielder will prove his worth at this summer's World Cup as Gerrard travels with Roy Hodgson's England squad to Brazil for the biggest tournament in football.

"I've no concerns whatsoever about Steven," Rodgers said. "I think Steven will go away and when he reflects on what has been personally a brilliant season of football, he has been very unfairly pointed out in terms of his slip. It could have happened in the third game it could have happened in the fourth game but it certainly wasn't anywhere near the defining moment of our season."

"He is a very conscientious boy and he loves Liverpool. He is very hard on himself and he's his own worst critic but he comes away recognising that he has been involved in a real title run in and next season he will be better for it. He will take that confidence into a World Cup. I always say to players 'when you go to England don't think of Liverpool - think about your country and the team you are playing for," added the former Swansea boss.

"One of his qualities is that he can do that. He is a model professional at that, he is very proud to play for England and captain his country and I am sure he will go and do the country proud again," concluded Rodgers.

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