Brendan Rodgers praises Steven Gerrard after Liverpool win

Liverpool saw off QPR on Saturday, courtesy of a late winner from their captain.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised captain Steven Gerrard to the BBC after his side’s 2-1 victory over QPR.

The captain scored an 87th-minute header to seal the win for his side, which moved them to within four points of fourth-placed Manchester United after they lost to West Brom.

Gerrard, of course, is set to end his life-long association with the club come the end of the season when he leaves to join MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer, and Rodgers was full of praise for him after the game.

"Steven Gerrard is one of a unique group of players that when they need to respond, they do,” he said.

"[He] is a world-class talent. There is a very small group of players in that bracket when, in the big games, they score the big goals and make the big contributions and he has done that throughout his career.”

The Reds were nearly punished for missing a number of chances, with Gerrard, in his penultimate game at Anfield, seeing a weak penalty saved by QPR 'keeper Rob Green.

It was clear from the outset that Gerrard was keen to make an impact in front of the Anfield crowd, although the penalty miss had threatened to spoil the day for him and his side.

It will be an interesting season next time around for Liverpool without their talismanic captain to lead them, and manager Rodgers believes that his ability will probably only be recognised once he has left for America.

“It will probably only be when he is gone that people will recognise what a sheer talent he is,” he added.

“He missed a penalty and you think it may go against us but there was no-one more determined to make up for it.”

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