Rodgers backs Ger­rard af­ter hor­ror gaffe

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Liver­pool boss Brendan Rodgers at­tached no blame to Steven Ger­rard for the er­ror which proved so piv­otal in the 2-0 home de­feat to Chelsea.

Ger­rard’s slip in firsthalf in­jury time al­lowed Demba Ba to race clear and put Jose Mour­inho’s men in front, with Wil­lian adding a sec­ond late on as the Reds’ run of 11 wins on the bounce came to a shud­der­ing halt.

“Steven is a boy who has picked up this club so many times and it was just re­ally un­for­tu­nate be­cause he slipped at a cru­cial mo­ment and it was right on half-time,” Rodgers said.

“He was do­ing ev­ery­thing he pos­si­bly could and we hoped there would be one or two who would step up to the plate in­stead of him, but we couldn’t quite do that. There’s cer­tainly no blame be­cause we are in the po­si­tion we are in now be­cause of him; he’s been in­stru­men­tal for us this sea­son.

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