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Rodgers: Gerrard Will Be Focused

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has disclosed that Steven Gerrard will not carry the disappointment of failing to win the Premier League into England’s World Cup preparations. The England skipper will no doubt feel the effects of losing his first league title to City aided by his high-profile slip against Chelsea three weeks ago, but the 33 year old will have to show his mental resolve in the build up to Brazil.

“I’ve no concerns whatsoever about Steven,” Rodgers said. “I think Steven will go away and when he reflects on what has been personally a brilliant season of football, he has been very unfairly pointed out in terms of his slip.

“He is a very conscientious boy and he loves Liverpool. He is very hard on himself and he’s his own worst critic but he comes away recognising that he has been involved in a real title run in and next season he will be better for it.

“He will take that confidence into a World Cup. I always say to players ‘when you go to England don’t think of Liverpool – think about your country and the team you are playing for.’

“One of his qualities is that he can do that. He is a model professional at that, he is very proud to play for England and captain his country and I am sure he will go and do the country proud again.”

Liverpool fans will be hoping Gerrard recovers in time for next season and that the ghosts of 2013/14’s final four weeks are forgotten. Working alongside Dr. Steve Peters, Gerrard and his Liverpool players away on international duty will hope to have a strong competition to showcase their development under Brendan Rodgers.

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