Liverpool fullback Alberto Moreno has told reporters for The Sun that his teammates have stepped up to the plate in the absence of club captain Steven Gerrard.
Over the years, Gerrard not playing often led to on-field struggles for the Anfield side, but rather surprisingly Brendan Rodgers’ men have barely noticed his absence – recording three league wins.
It stands the Reds in good stead for when the 34-year-old ends his affiliation with the club this summer, and Moreno believes his teammates have proven they can carry on without their midfield talisman.
“It is always sad when someone is injured. But it is good we have proved we can succeed without Steven,” the Spanish international explained.
“Morale in the group has been very good — we have managed to keep our spirits up. We’ve proved we can carry on without him. There are top, top players to replace even Steven Gerrard in this squad.”
Aside from their Premier League triumphs, the Reds have managed to navigate their way to the FA Cup quarter-finals without Gerrard and will be big favourites to see off Blackburn on Sunday.
Rovers head to Anfield in inconsistent form in the Championship, but two big wins over Premier League sides Swansea City and Stoke City in the earlier rounds indicate they will be no pushovers.
Still, the incentive to progress beyond the quarter-finals and semi-finals to provide Gerrard with an FA Cup final for his final appearance in a Reds shirt is absolutely huge and will no doubt add extra motivation.