Martin Skrtel admits a fully fit Steven Gerrard has lifted Liverpool.

The defender was full of praise for skipper Gerrard after he netted the Reds final goal of the calendar year against Newcastle.

He told "Stevie is special. He has been out for a while but he scored and showed how very important a player he is for Liverpool.

"He has given everyone a lot of confidence. We have a lot of games to play, just in January alone, and his return is a big boost to us. We are all happy to see him back."