Reds boss Brendan Rodgers hails the Liverpool and England captain.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Steven Gerrard
is still a "world-class player" and says he is a big part of his plans as he plots his Anfield revolution.
England captain Gerrard, who is now two caps shy cap of a century of England outings following the Three Lions' 1-1 draw with Ukraine
on Wednesday, is serving under his fifth different manager at Anfield, with each one using the midfielder as the heartbeat of their side.
Rodgers, who took over the reins at Anfield in June, admits he admired the 32-year-old from afar, before signalling his intention to make prominent use of the midfielder for years to come.
"I've seen Steven, from the outside looking in," said Rodgers.
"There's absolutely no question the number of times he's picked up this team, put it on his back and carried it over a number of games has been phenomenal.
"He's a world class player and absolutely no question he's been a wonderful guy since I've come here. He's really accepted his responsibility of the captaincy and even more responsibility with so many of the young players, but Steven doesn't need to change.
"We'll very much be a team and Steven's a big part of that team."
Next up for Gerrard and England on the Road to Brazil is their meeting with San Marino on Wembley Stadium. Tickets for the game are available to buy online