BOSS GERRARD FEARS BLUES WILL BURN OUT
STEVEN GERRARD admits some of his players are pressed up against the pain barrier.
The Gers have clocked up 26 matches already this season in a gruelling opening to the campaign at home and on the continent.
Hopping back from Russia in the early hours of yesterday has become so much the norm it barely raised a bleary eyebrow. But Gerrard is concerned the workload might be taking its toll on players who have crammed previously an entire season’s worth of games into barely five months.
Guys such as Connor Goldson (above), who have turned out in all but one game this term, having played just 18 times in the two previous campaigns combined.
Gerrard said: “That’s the case for a lot of these players. This is the squad we have put together. This is the reason the players have come to play as many games as they can – because they’ve been frustrated at other clubs or they haven’t been able to get a breakthrough.
“Connor is constantly in my face saying, ‘Don’t give me a rest, don’t give me a rest, don’t give me a rest’. But there will be a time when I’ve got to help him. He won’t like that but it’s my job.
“In terms of a lot of our players, all these experiences are new.”