The Manchester United striker had been sent off on his last appearance in the stadium 17 months ago but his behaviour ensured a repeat was never likely to happen.
Liverpool ace Gerrard said: "Wayne is a fantastic player and a great goalscorer. If the lads in the team can create the service for Wayne, we know he will score goals.
"He also deserves credit for that goalscoring record. Hopefully he will get more goals and fire us to the World Cup.
"I also thought his behaviour was magnificent. He had been on the agenda in the press all week with people wondering how he was going to behave.
"I thought he handled himself magnificently and got us that important goal."