Rodgers stands by under-fire skipper

September 23, 2014
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has no concerns over the form of captain Steven Gerrard.

The former England captain's performance have been criticised of late, and Rodgers has now moved to support the veteran midfielder.

Liverpool have lost three of their five Premier League games to date and Rodgers insists the squad need to take responsibility for the Reds' stuttering start as he refused to place the blame on Gerrard.

"I have no concerns [about Gerrard's form]," said Rodgers.

"He's a brilliant player for us, really talented. It was a team performance that was not up to scratch against West Ham [a 3-1 defeat on Saturday].

"We have conceded eight goals and the majority of those could have been avoided. But for us as a team, we need to be better.

"We're still looking to find our performance level, which apart from Tottenham [Liverpool beat Spurs 3-0 in August], we've not been at."

Liverpool host Championship side Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday but Rodgers may decide to rest Gerrard and take him out of the firing line.

Rickie Lambert is poised to make his first start for the Reds, having made four successive appearances as a substitute, and a number of players are expected to be rested for the clash at Anfield.

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