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The Reds manager insists that there are no immediate plans for his captain to have an operation on his long-standing shoulder injury, contrary to earlier reports

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied suggestions that Steven Gerrard is set to undergo shoulder surgery.

First team coach Mike Marsh hinted on Wednesday that the captain would require an operation to correct a long-standing injury but the boss insists that there are currently no such plans in place.

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"There's nothing in that at all, really," Rodgers told reporters. "You'll have noticed over the last year or so, whether he's been playing for Liverpool or England, he's had some taping and strapping on his shoulder but there is no immediate surgery planned.

"We're just going to see how it goes between now and the end of the season.

"He's dealt well with it and performed remarkably well, so there is no decision on it at all."

The former Swansea City boss was keen to pay tribute to Gerrard after it was announced that the 32-year-old will be rewarded with a testimonial match against Olympiakos in August.

"He thoroughly deserves it," the Northern Irishman enthused. "He's been an incredible player for the football club and, like the man that he is, he didn't want the testimonial to get in the way of our preparations.

"It's something that he will thoroughly deserve and should be a great day for him."

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