Steven Gerrard urges Liverpool's owners to back Brendan Rodgers; comments on past managers

Steven Gerrard held a news conference ahead of his final home game as a Liverpool player, at which he commented on the current squad, 'dread', and relationships with his managers.

Steven Gerrard has said that he hopes the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, back manager Brendan Rodgers once he departs the club.

Speaking at a special press conference ahead of his final home game for Liverpool, Gerrard was both reflecting and looking to the future with just two games remaining of his playing career on Merseyside.

On those currently at the club, Gerrard said there is a core of players that can kick on at Anfield, and he hopes that Rodgers gets the required support in the summer to improve the side after losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge for much of the season to injury.

The Reds' skipper said: "I'm hoping the owners will back Brendan again and bring in that quality. We got close to the top four after losing arguably the best player in the world and losing our star striker so to come so close, without them, is OK. We can go one better."

Gerrard apologised for inevitably taking the focus away from his teammates this week and said he wants to play every minute that remains of the season. After this weekend's clash with Palace, the Reds conclude their campaign with a trip to Stoke City eight days later.

After saying he wants to finish on a high, Gerrard reflected on his career, whilst admitting a little apprehension ahead of his goodbye.

He said: "I've been dreading this moment, in a strange way. I'm going to miss it so much, playing at Anfield in front of the fans, with my team-mates. I'll try to avoid the tears.

"I'm really proud of what I've achieved here, looking at all the trophies I've won."

There is, of course, one stand-out moment in Gerrard's career, when he led the fight back for his side in Istanbul to lift the Champions League 10 years ago.

He added: "Still to this day the hairs stand up, it's still the best night of my life, it's the best cup to win. It's going to go down as the best Champions League final ever and as captain there was no prouder man on the planet."

While he acknowledged the importance of his goal against Olympiakos on the journey to that memorable triumph - which managed to sneak Liverpool into the knockout stages - Gerrard admitted that a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Everton was also memorable.

He also commented on the relationships he has had with his managers, admitting again that he had been lucky enough to work with those he had.

The former England skipper added: "I owe a lot to Gerard Houllier, he improved me a lot, I won my first three trophies under Gerard and he gave me the captaincy aged 23 which was a bold move. I owe an awful lot to him.

"I've enjoyed the last three years with Brendan, I wish I had met him in the peak of my playing days and there would be more trophies. Kenny Dalglish was my dad's hero and that was a great time. Roy Hodgson's time here wasn't great but I have a good relationship with him. Then me and Rafa [Benitez] have Istanbul and improved me tactically."

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