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Name Steven Gerrard
Gender Male
Born 1980 05 30
Nationality UK
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  Liverpool Captain
  Rangers Manager
Desc One of greatest player who never win a Premier League title. He instead remained at Liverpool, spending 17 seasons at Anfield during which he captained his side to two European titles as well as five domestic cups. An extremely versatile and well-rounded player, who completely remodeled his game as he grew older

Affiliation

Org English National Team
Club as Coach Rangers Manager
Club as Player LA Galaxy
  Liverpool FC

Relationship

Agent Struan Marshall
1980 05 30
Former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard was born

2005 07 06 Retrieve

[Gerrard prepared to surrender captaincy] It would have broken my heart to have lost the captaincy but I thought it was right to make the offer because I know some of the players have been frustrated with what has gone on

[With the television and mobile phone switched off, Gerrard sat in a room with his girlfriend and agent Struan Marshall and realised he was on the brink of the biggest mistake of his life] I was just thinking ‘how have we got into this mess and what is the best way out of it? I knew I had to do what I had intended to do all along and sign a new contract. I love Liverpool so much. This is my club. My heart is with Liverpool. Everyone who knows me can see how I feel. The last thing I wanted to do was leave, I just could not do it

[What Parry took to be standard negotiating practice, Gerrard interpreted as further proof he was no longer wanted, triggering a tumultuous series of events that appeared certain to see him sign for Chelsea] I felt I was being backed into a corner. I know it looked as though I wanted to go but at one stage I thought I had no choice. If I blame anyone, it’s myself. I wanted my future sorted out as soon as possible after the Champions League final but the longer it went on, the more misunderstandings there were. I admitted I have made some mistakes and that the club has acknowledged they have made some as well. I have now apologised to Liverpool and they have apologised to me, which is important. But now we have sorted it out and I am doing what I wanted to do all along, which is stay at Liverpool

2009 05 24 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard Disappointed By Sami Hyypia’s Decision To Leave Liverpool] I understand the reasons behind Sami’s decision to go because he’s got a two-year deal, so good luck to him. But for selfish reasons I wish he would stay for another season here because he’s such a fantastic player and great to have around the place. He’s been here for the whole time I’ve been in the first team and has been a great influence and magnificent servant - an absolute legend.

[Hyypia has already stated his intent to return to the club in a coaching capacity some day] I sincerely hope he comes back as a coach one day, because he can bring so much with him and impart so much knowledge. He knows how Liverpool Football Club works. He’s a great character and I could see him playing a big role in developing the youngsters, the reserves and even the first team in time. I took over from him as captain in 2003 and there was some controversy at the time, but not from Sami, who was incredibly supportive of me from the very start. That is a measure of the man. He should be regarded as a one of the greats of this club and I don’t say that lightly. He has certainly helped transform Liverpool and got us back to where we should be

2010 12 06 Retrieve

[Gary McAllister is The most inspired Liverpool signing by Gerard Houllier that everyone doubted, including Steven Gerrard] He seemed an odd buy. OK, he was once a terrific midfielder for Leeds United and Scotland, but McAllister was now thirty-five, his best days surely behind him […] I rang my agent, Struan Marshall, who knew McAllister well. ‘Stru, what’s all this about?’ I asked.

Don’t worry, Stevie, Gary Mac will be brilliant for Liverpool, and for you as well. Listen to him. Learn from him.’

‘Sod off, Stru’ I said. ‘McAllister can learn off me!’

How wrong I was

[Some contributions were more subtle. By the end of his stay, Gerrard admitted that he would always try to be among the first to get to the team bus] so I could sit next to McAllister, absorbing advice

2014 02 23 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard on Raheem Sterling] He is the toughest in our squad. I don’t go near him in training because if I do, there is only one winner. His form of late has been sensational. If he gets that consistency, he is going to be a frightening talent

2015 02 21 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard rebukes Mario Balotelli after a dispute with Jordan Henderson over penalty duties] It should have been Henderson. Mario has been a bit mischievous. Jordan is the captain and Mario showed Jordan a bit of disrespect there. I think six or seven players would have wanted to take that penalty so if they all say they are taking it, what happens then?! Rules are in place for a reason

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard on Thierry Henry] The last player you want the ball to go to is the best player on the planet

2015 09 12 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard on living in Mariah Carey’s former home and in Los Angeles] We’re very lucky – I know that. I grew up on a council estate and will always remain grounded and humble. But [living in an $18 million, six-bedroom house] is mind-blowing. I couldn’t be happier right now. I’ve gone from not being able to walk down a street without being stopped every five minutes to being a Z-lister out here, and that’s cool. I love it. I’ve become a cool dad all of a sudden because I can take the kids out and no-one interferes. We can take them to the park, the beach, fairgrounds, water parks and be there for six hours and I might hear one person say my name – and they’re not even sure if it’s me, so I just smile. The kids have been shocked I’m around and can do more things with them

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] It was clear that, tactically, he could set up his team to win any football match. He could spoil, he could fight, he could do whatever you needed because he was a pure winner. But, more than that, he created a special bond with each squad he managed. You heard it in the way his players spoke about him. You saw it in the way they played for him.

2016 02 13b Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard reflecting on his time at Anfield] I walked into the doors of Liverpool with my kit on in 1987 as an eight-year-old kid just happy to be there, never imagining all the things that were to come. I’m so appreciative of the career that I’ve had and the opportunity to be a part of what I feel is the best club in the world … I wish I could play for Liverpool for 100 years

2016 02 27 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard about penning a monthly column for The Telegraph] I’m looking forward to being a columnist and trying to get across that side of the game the fans can’t see, and maybe offer a greater level of understanding of the demands, the pressures and the emotional highs and lows of trying to succeed at the highest level of modern football. What I can promise is I will bring to my column what I have always tried to do in every media interview as a player. To be honest and fair.

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] Totti is a fantastic technician; he’s a wonderful footballer. The reason I’ve got so much respect for him is because he’s got all the pressure on his shoulders in Rome. He’s the king of Rome. Having played for Liverpool, a big club, I understand the responsibility and the pressure he’s got to deliver for the supporters. I’ve been there and I’ve seen it with my own eyes. They idolise him over there and that comes with its own pressure. So to perform consistently for Roma, for such a long time and stay loyal, I’ve got an awful lot of respect for him. He’s certainly a legend over in Italy

I think when you get close to him, you realise how strong he is on the ball. He picks up some wonderful positions between the lines. I remember playing the holding role against him one time and he was always out of sight. He always picked up clever positions in the number 10 role and the ball was like Velcro to his boot. He was very skillful and maneuvered the ball very well. And his vision, he could see things on the pitch that other players couldn’t really see. As a player, I’ve got unbelievable respect for him. I’ve managed to meet him a couple times along the way as well and he seems like a good guy as well.

He’s shown incredible loyalty to his club and his badge and he deserves all the plaudits and merits he gets. I can only add to that. It’s been a pleasure to compete against him a couple of times and I certainly would’ve loved to have played in the same team as him. He’s certainly the type of player that would be on the wavelength that I’d be looking for. He would’ve been a joy to play with. I remember we signed Alberto Aquilani and I was saying to him, ‘What’s De Rossi like and what’s Totti like?’ and he spoke volumes about them. And that’s when you get a flavour for what people are really like. He was saying that basically those two have carried Roma for so many years. They deserve all the plaudits they get

2016 03 19 Retrieve

[LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard on life in Los Angeles] I was behind Bono in a coffee shop. I’ve been a U2 fan for a long time. He didn’t see or recognise me. Who else have I seen? Chris Martin from Coldplay, all the Kardashians and Kanye West and [Justin] Bieber, a few of the One Direction lads. I sort of have eye contact with some, and there others who recognise me and who’ll say hello, [but] I’d never approach any of them … I’m not really a celebrity type of person

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] I don’t think anyone ever looks forward to playing against Luis Suarez, he is a fantastic talent and a very dangerous player. He is a fantastic team mate, probably the best player I have played with

2016 11 24 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard retires from professional football] Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football. I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy. As a teenager I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years

I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone at Liverpool Football Club. I am proud to have played for and captained Liverpool for so many years and to have achieved what we achieved during my time at the club. I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club throughout my time there for the fantastic support they showed me

I would like to say a special thank you to Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon and Hugh McAuley for believing in me when I was making my way at Liverpool and for giving me the platform to go on and fulfil my dreams. Thank you to the amazing fans of Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy for the incredible backing you have given me throughout my career. Your loyalty and support has meant the world. I would like to thank Struan Marshall, my agent throughout my career, and the team at Wasserman for all of their support over the past 18 years

[Gerrard made 114 appearances for England, leaving him as the fourth most-capped senior player, with his first cap coming in May 2000 and his last as captain as England played Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup] At an international level, I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country. I will always look back with great pride at every time I pulled on the England shirt. I feel very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had but none of it would have been possible without the support of so many people

[The former midfielder was most recently seen as a pundit on BT Sport and confirmed an announcement on his next career move is imminent] Finally, the most important thank you; to my family. I cannot thank my Mum, Dad and brother Paul enough for their unconditional support over the years, it has meant everything to me. To my wife Alex and children Lily, Lexie and Lourdes, thank you for the constant love and support you’ve shown me. You’ve been there throughout both the good times and the bad and without you nothing would have been possible. Thank you for everything. I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be. I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon

2016 11 26 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard announces his retirement from football after a 19-year playing career] Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football. I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy. As a teenager I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years. I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard is honoured to be receiving the city’s highest civic honour, the Freedom of the City of Liverpool] I was stunned and overwhelmed when I heard my name was being put forward by the Mayor to receive this honour. Liverpool is my home city and so to be acknowledged in this way leaves me speechless. To even think about getting such an award makes me feel very humble and of course immensely proud

2017 01 21 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard talks about his new role as Liverpool youth coach] I don’t think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me, but when I knew coming back was a serious option, I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organisation. This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] Nobody deserves it [100 caps] more than Frank. He’s been tremendous for club and country. He’s a top player

2017 04 21 Retrieve

[Everton starlet Tom Davies is England’s next star] I think the one to be excited about at Everton is Tom Davies, who seems to have broken in and stayed in. He’s a terrific footballer who’s scored a few exciting goals. What he has done is he has announced himself and basically said to a regular starter: ‘I am taking your place. I am staying in there’. And they are the ones that usually go on to become superstars

2017 05 20 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard delivered a heartfelt video message to former Reds team-mate Xabi Alonso ahead of the Spaniard’s retirement at the end of the German Bundesliga season with Bayern Munich] What a special career and what a fantastic player. For me, probably the most enjoyable partner throughout my career as a midfielder, the best passer of a ball I’ve ever played with. You deserve all the accolades you get… I’m very jealous of you having a World Cup winners medal, I’m very jealous of you having league winners medals in Germany and Spain. I couldn’t ask for a better midfield partner and when you left, it broke my heart, but you’ll always have a special place in this football club and you’re always welcome to come and visit

2017 11 04 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard gives advice to Rhian Brewster] ‘Well done. You’ve been superb and deserve all the plaudits you get. How do you improve now?’. We want Rhian Brewster in a successful Liverpool team. We want him firing for the under-23s and, basically, making sure Jurgen [Klopp] is taking notice of his performances - that’s all he can do. I think if he’s got any dreams and aspirations of playing higher than that level then he needs to play at a consistent level and score goals heavily. That’s how first-team managers take note

2017 11 27 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard reveals the much spoken about ‘golden generation’ of English football did not achieve success in proportion to their quality because of the players lacked the closeness that they were used to in their club squads] I think it was more of a respectful relationship around England rather than a closeness where there was love there. Philippe Coutinho can’t wait to go away with Brazil – it’s the best 10 days of their season. But you didn’t get that feeling with England

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard explains why the opportunity to start his managerial career at Scottish giants Rangers was too good to pass up] It was a no-brainer for me. There were a lot of different things to think about, but from that first phone call, I got a special feeling and I knew that Rangers were for me. I’m very aware of Rangers, the size of the club, I’ve watched them from afar and been lucky enough to watch some of the Old Firm games. This opportunity doesn’t come around all the time - clubs with this size, stature and history. I believe I can come in and make these fans happy

2018 11 17 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard in conversation about having to relive his infamous slip against Chelsea as part of the biopic Make Us Dream] What happened was just pure bad luck but, when you do a book or film, especially with people who have won Oscars and made films such as Amy Winehouse and Senna, you must be as honest and open as you can

2019 10 18 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard make Man Utd vs Liverpool predictions] Yes. Liverpool will win. They’ve played eight and won eight. The front three are in fantastic form, they’re not conceding many goals, they’re European champions. Do you want any other reasons why I think Liverpool are going to beat Man United? Did you think I was going to say anything different?!

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Some Steven Gerrard quotes] I’m delighted to be extending my stay at this fantastic football club. When Dave King approached me about the possibility of extending my contract with Rangers, it was a very easy decision to make because I’m very happy and feel that we are building something special together at the club. I’d like to thank the board for the backing they have given me already in my time at the club and also most importantly, the Rangers fans who have given me and the team such tremendous backing both this season and last

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[Rangers manager Gerrard denies Giroud interest] If someone knows something about it, give them my number. That’s the first I’ve heard of it

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard slip: Liverpool captain’s unfortunate mistake, reaction & chant] I sat in the back of the car and felt the tears rolling down my face. I hadn’t cried for years but, on the way home, I couldn’t stop. The tears kept coming. I can’t even tell you if the streets were thick with traffic or as empty as I was on the inside. It was killing me. I felt numb, like I had lost someone in my family. It was as if my whole quarter of a century at this football club poured out of me. I did not even try to stem the silent tears as the events of the afternoon played over and over again in my head

2020 04 29 Retrieve

[Gerrard among those lending support to Captain Tom’s coronavirus charity push] Hello Captain Tom Moore, Steven Gerrard here. I just wanted to leave you a short video message to congratulate you on your incredible achievement. You are a huge inspiration to all of us here in England and you’ll never walk alone

2020 05 06 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Gerrard slams ‘almighty rush’ to end Scottish Premiership season] For myself – and I think everyone at Rangers was on the same page – what we wanted was to give it the best chance we can. There was a different view from the Premier League and the EFL that they wanted to wait and give this season every single chance to be played. We all know and respect the fact that there might become a stage where that is impossible to happen. But there seemed to be an almighty rush from where we were to finish it and get the boats in as soon as possible. That didn’t sit well at all. At Rangers, we want to get back playing and get the season done when it’s physically safe to do that, with all respect to the situation that we’re in. Across Scotland, top to bottom, there was so much football to be played. Now, of course, I’m always going to be biased because I’m the Rangers manager and there’s a 13-point gap, but I want to put as much pressure on to the end. In other leagues, so many clubs had so much to play for and we felt there was a rush to finish it instead of giving it the best chances to be finished.

We came extremely close to success this year in the League Cup, we have had success in the Europa League but the league has been disappointing.It is my job to come up with answers and solutions as quick as we can to hopefully finish this season as strong as we can and then move on to next

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Liverpool ‘always’ Gerrard’s team but Reds legend in no rush to leave Rangers] Liverpool will always be my team, I don’t think anyone would argue against me with that. I was there for many, many years, all the way through and I had a good career there. I’ve supported them from the day I left and I’ll always support them and back them. The fans make a club and the fans at Liverpool are special, they always have been with me and that’s where we get our connection from. But this is the start for me at Rangers now, we’re two years in and I’m hungry to continue there. My relationship with Rangers is strong and it’s growing, of course it’s got a place in my heart. I knew Rangers was a top club from the outside, and I was lucky to get the opportunity to go up there. Was it a bit early to get a job of that size? Of course! But they’ve given me an opportunity to try and learn on the job and I know I haven’t got everything right and I’ve made some mistakes along the way, but I think there was an openness that would be the case. Celtic have been a good side for a long time, I think you have to admit that, and that’s the challenge. But one thing is for sure we will continue to push as hard as we can to try and break their dominance. The thought of bringing some success to the club because of what the fans have been through before I even arrived, that is a big buzz for me and something I’ll be striving as hard as I can for

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Rangers sign Ianis Hagi on permanent deal from Genk] Ianis is recognised throughout Europe as a young, exciting player so to have him join Rangers on a permanent basis is great news

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Not everyone was convinced. Michael Owen the hottest striker in Europe and Steven Gerrard emerging as a midfield tour de force, was questioned for signing a 35-year-old Gary McAllister when the ambition was to qualify for the Champions League at a minimum] He seemed an odd buy. OK, he was once a terrific midfielder for Leeds United and Scotland, but his best days surely behind him … I rang my agent, Struan Marshall, who knew McAllister well. ‘Stru, what’s all this about?’ I asked.

‘Don’t worry, Stevie,’ replied Struan, ‘Gary Mac will be brilliant for Liverpool, and for you as well. Listen to him. Learn from him’. ‘Sod off, Stru’ I said. ‘McAllister can learn off me!’ How wrong I was

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard was thrilled after Rangers struck a deal to sign Leicester City defender Calvin Bassey on a four-year contract] There was a lot of clubs interested in Calvin and for us it’s pleasing to secure the services of another young talent. He’s a strong and dynamic athlete, who is very much the modern day full-back. He will develop further and we are excited to have made another strong addition to our group. He’s left-footed, physically powerful, enjoys driving forward and is certainly equipped to thrive in the combative nature of Scottish football

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard has listed five Premier League stars who ‘deserve’ to win PFA Player of the Year] If Jordan Henderson got it I don’t think anyone could argue or grumble. He would deserve it as much as anyone else who is in the running for it. I try to be non-biased when I talk about things like this. Kevin De Bruyne has been superb this season. The same goes for Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan and Sadio Mane. Any of them would deserve it. Would I like to see Jordan win it? Yes, I would

I’d also like to see him win the Football Writers’ award. In this day and age, with what we’re going through and what we’ve seen of late, he’s someone who commits himself to the game and is a real ambassador and role model on and off the pitch. It’s the way he goes about his work, the quality he has shown consistently and his leadership skills. With these individual awards, I just think sometimes they have to be about more than what just happens on the pitch. I think Jordan is certainly deserving to be in the running for both. If he got both I’d be very pleased for him

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard says Liverpool should already be starting work on a statue of Jurgen Klopp ahead of their title coronation] Let’s cut to the chase, sitting here, doing this interview right now, I think Jurgen Klopp is the best manager in the world. I know there are a lot of successful managers about. Pep Guardiola is exceptional. Carlo Ancelotti is exceptional too and I think Everton are really lucky to have him with his CV. I could name many more. Having had the experience of being a manager for the past two years, you realise how difficult and challenging the job is. I have nothing but respect for Jurgen. The way the man handles himself, the way he’s been with myself, the way he goes about his business, the way he comes across. I think he’s got a heart and I think he’s got a head. He just works for Liverpool. He has come and taken the club to the next level

Knowing Jurgen, he won’t want to be put in that bracket. I know what he’s like, he’s humble and respectful. When you look at the scale of the job he’s done, for sure he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those iconic managers. What you need to take into consideration is that when Jurgen took over Liverpool they weren’t close to being the best team in the country, they weren’t even in the top four. To come to Liverpool when he did, get to the amount of finals that he has, deliver the sixth European Cup and then deliver the first league title after 30 years […] For me, someone like Jurgen should be rewarded now. It seems like in football we often wait until people get older before their achievements are fully recognised. But I know the owners of Liverpool won’t let that happen. When Jurgen delivers the league they should already be starting work on a statue of him.

You don’t want to count your chickens until it’s certain but I think we all know that it’s inevitable. For me, there will be a lot of relief. Being a fan for a lot of those years and being a player and coming ever so close, you know that this is the one that people have craved. This is the bread and butter of the club. I grew up watching all the successful Liverpool teams winning leagues. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do it myself. I’m a fan now and I always will be until the day I go into a grave. When they get it done and they lift that trophy, it will be 100 per cent happiness for me. I can’t wait for it. I’ll be the proudest man on the planet

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Rangers manager Steven Gerrard congratulated the fantastic Liverpool squad after the club were crowned Premier League champions on Thursday] Congratulations to all @liverpoolfc on winning the Premier League. Incredible achievement from a fantastic squad of top players. Led by a world class manager and coaching team also a special mention for the backing from FSG. And lastly and most importantly the fans who have waited 30 years. Let the party begin

The last two years and since Jurgen’s come in has been very positive. He’s been fantastic and epitomises everything Liverpool Football Club stands for. Whatever they got, they have deserved it. Onwards and upwards. We have a lot more happy days to look forward to as long as Jurgen is here. Liverpool from top to bottom in the football club have been fantastically supportive. You know how much it means. It’s hard work to dominate the English league beside quality like Manchester City, by the way!

I’m very pleased for everybody connected with the football club. Jurgen [Klopp] has done a fantastic job. The highlight has been the camaraderie within the team and the way everyone has helped the team. Last night’s game was a huge example of that. They played with tempo and never gave Crystal Palace time on the ball. It’s the whole feeling within the club, you do not win anything without a great dressing room, and they have that

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard has admitted that he does not know whether Alfredo Morelos will stay at Rangers] Alfredo is a fantastic footballer. He scores goals in big volumes and I’m really looking forward to him getting match fit, up to speed and ready to play. But I suppose what you want me to say is, whether he will be here next year. That’s the million dollar question. I want all my best players here, I’ve said that many times. For us to be successful, we need our best players fit, available and out there on the pitch. But you and I know that every player has his price. Will we get bids for our best players? It’s quite possible. That’s something I can’t control, so it’s something we are just going to have to manage going forward

2020 07 10 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard was pleased to see his Rangers players blow off the cobwebs with a behind-closed-doors win over Hamilton] It is a long time not to play football, so the first game back you are always looking at what you got out of it and we got some real valuable minutes into the players’ legs. It was a really good workout. I thought Hamilton very professional and made us work for the win. But the win is not important, it’s more about getting players through the first game, getting the cobwebs off and getting them a feel for real football, because it doesn’t matter how much you rehearse on the training pitch, until you get your kits on and see the referee, pre-season gets parked up and its for real. I’m pleased with a lot of it but there is still a lot of work to do. I thought we were slow out the blocks, that can be normal. Players are a little bit rusty and the cobwebs are on there. We conceded a sloppy goal but we showed character and courage to get back into the game and we should have won it with more goals.

[Gerrard is happy to be back in a more normal pre-season environment following restrictions imposed on the squad through the lockdown] The first two weeks were quite frustrating because we had to work in small groups, had to do three and four sessions a day and non-contact. That is not normality. But it was nice to see the players, get back into the routine at the training ground and get that step closer back to playing football. The last couple of weeks have been better because we have been able to train properly, do a lot of tactical stuff, 11 versus 11, and you can see signs of how we want it to look when it comes to that first game. We are a lot more content and happy now, working for real