Gerrard is still a key player for Liverpool says the Liverpool boss.

Brendan Rodgers admits Steven Gerrard is still a key player for Liverpool.

The Liverpool captain has been an important player over the years for the Merseyside club and as he edges closer to his final years as a footballer, he has often started from the bench this season.

The former England captain is also on his final year of his contract and with the Liverpool boss saying in December that they have offered the 34-year-old a new deal, he reckons Gerrard is still a key member of his squad despite no agreement reached between Gerrard and the club.

Gerrard was an un-used sub in their 4-1 win over Swansea on Monday night but Rodgers confirmed the Liverpool captain will start against Leicester City today.

"He's a wonderful player and wonderful servant to this football club and in particular in my time here he's been brilliant for me," the Northern Irishman said in his press conference on Wednesday.

"I've just got to manage his game. When I came in here two and a half years ago, everyone was talking about whether he can play in my type of football and were his legs gone?

"You've seen him over the last couple of years, arguably he could be the player of the year for last year. So he's a player that I'm just managing his game-time."

"I understand, it's my situation of picking the best team and making it fresh as often as we possibly can," Rodgers added.

"He missed out the other night, but he'll definitely play [on Thursday]."

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