Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his squad to ease the heavy burden carried by captain Steven Gerrard.

The England skipper is battling for consistent goalscoring form in the Premier League this season after returning from injury and Rodgers is of the belief that his teammates need to step up and take some responsibility away from him so he can contribute more on the pitch.

"Steven was outstanding last night [against Tottenham]. He's carried this club for nearly 13 years and it's about time that there was more than Steven picking up the baton of responsibility," he told reporters.

"He's been brilliant since I arrived here. His inspiration and leadership within the team has been phenomenal.

"He might not have got the goals that he wanted this season, but you saw him last night - his range of passing, commitment and drive into the box was superb.

"He has been judged on his goals because he's been a goalscoring midfielder over the years, but he's still offering this group so much on and off the field.

"There are others that we want to step up to the plate and get the goals. Across the board we want to improve and find the solutions."

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