Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers urged his players to help Steven Gerrard sign off with another FA Cup winner’s medal after the captain inspired his team-mates to victory at AFC Wimbledon. Gerrard, a two-time FA Cup winner, scored twice to give Liverpool a 2-1 win over their valiant fourth-tier opponents on Monday and set up a home game with Championship side Bolton Wanderers in Round 4.
It was Gerrard’s first appearance since he announced that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, and with his 35th birthday falling on the day of the final, Rodgers is hoping to give him a glittering farewell.
“Well, the FA Cup final is on his birthday, so there would be no better way for us to mark it,” said Rodgers. “That would be a wonderful send-off for him. OK, he might be getting a bit older, but he’ll always have that world-class ability and world-class talent.
“There are a lot of games to play in between, but we’ve targeted a cup victory this season, so we’re still very much in line for that moving into the second part of the season. The team’s still very focused and we played some really good football tonight on a really good pitch. So the idea is to get a cup run, and if we can do it, that would be really special of course.”