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Rodgers: Gerrard can play out season

May 3, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be able to play through to the end of the season despite needing surgery on a shoulder problem.

Steven Gerrard
PA PhotosSteven Gerrard has been struggling with a shoulder problem

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Gerrard has been playing with the injury for much of the season, and first-team coach Mike Marsh stated on April 24 that the midfielder would need keyhole surgery during May.

That would force the 32-year-old to miss England's high-profile friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil, but Rodgers insists that Gerrard, who will lead Liverpool into action against city rivals Everton at Anfield on Sunday, does not need an operation imminently.

The Liverpool manager said: "It's something we'll review at the end of the season. There's no change in Steven's position. He has played with it all year.

"He's been outstanding in his performance level. You can see that he clearly has it strapped up, but it's been something he's been able to play with, so it's a decision we'll make at the end of the season with the medical team, and we'll take it from there. But there's nothing imminent."

Asked about Gerrard's chances of being available for England duty, Rodgers added: "We'll just assess it. We've still got three games to go. He's very keen to continue what's been a terrific season for him, and we hope that he can."

Meanwhile, Rodgers believes Luis Suarez will be a better person for his ten-game suspension – with a little help from his wife.

Suarez will be out of action until September after being handed the ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield on April 21.

The striker admitted in a recent interview with Liverpool's official magazine that his wife Sofia has ordered him to stop getting into trouble on the pitch, and Rodgers thinks that a little help at home, allied to support from the club, will ensure that Suarez mends his ways.

He said: "I think we all get told off by our wives, don't we? He's got the support of his family and the club and the fans here, and I think the wider world will look to support him and help him.

"It wasn't a nice incident, what happened, but he's accepted the punishment. He'll take it on the chin, and we hope he'll come back a better player and a better person."