Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has described Steven Gerrard as the "soul" of the club.

Rodgers knows how much Gerrard is part of the fabric of Anfield and says the lifelong Kopite is an inspiration for everyone at the club.

"He's on his break at the moment, a well-deserved break because I thought he was wonderful in the ­championships, but he wanted to come in for a coffee and a chat," said the Ulsterman.

"He's a great role model for this club, a wonderful inspiration on and off the field.

"You can see Liverpool is very much in his heart. He really is the soul of this football club.

"He's a wonderful player. He's maybe not the loudest on the field, but captains are different. Some are more vocal and some are pure inspiration in terms of their actions and he's very much that."