Adkins hails Gerrard talent ahead of Liverpool clash

The Reading manager has been full of praise for the Reds captain ahead of Saturday’s game, saying the midfielder would be in his all-time Premier League team
Reading manager Nigel Adkins has praised Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard ahead of Saturday’s Premier League encounter at the Madejski Stadium.

Adkins was appointed Reading manager almost two weeks ago and has lost both his games in charge of the Royals so far, leaving them bottom of the table – eight points behind Sunderland who occupy 17th place.

The 48-year old looked ahead to Saturday’s game against Liverpool and was full of praise for Reds captain Gerrard, claiming he would name the England international in an all-time Premier League team.

The newly-appointed Reading manager told reporters: “You need to watch Steven Gerrard live to see how quickly he picks a pass out.

"His vision is superb but he also has the technique to deliver a full range of passes.

"He's a talisman for Liverpool and always has been. He drives them on and is a leader, taking a grip on the match when he needs to.

"When you talk about midfielders there are different types, but he's one you'd consider being in a starting XI of any all-time Premier League team.

"The fact he's played so much football shows how professional he's been in looking after his body. It's a testament to him.

"If you want to play games, then you need to look after your body."

Adkins also declared his admiration for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who managed Reading for just over six months when the club was in the Championship in 2009.

"Brendan doesn't have anything to prove to us. He's a fantastic manager." the Reading manager continued.

"He was here, was very successful at Swansea and is doing a fantastic job at Liverpool. He's a footballing man who improves his players.

"He has teams that are really exciting to watch, so I don't believe he has anything to prove to anybody."