The defender was full of praise for skipper Gerrard after he netted the Reds final goal of the calendar year against Newcastle.
He told liverpoolfc.tv: "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."