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Gerrard finally off the mark
01 Nov 2006 - 08:58:41
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has been backed to push on after finally netting his first goal of the season in the 3-0 Champions League victory over Bordeaux at Anfield.
Gerrard scored 23 times last season for the Reds, but took 16 games to get off the mark this time around, finally breaking his duck as Liverpool clinched a place in the knockout stages.
Manager Rafa Benitez said: "Steven has been searching for that goal.
"When you have scored 23 one season and it takes a long time in the next campaign to get off the mark, then you do get worried.
"But he has been playing well and this goal will give him confidence to go on and reclaim his best form now. I believe he will be a lot calmer now."
Of his side's place at the top of Group C, Benitez added: "This win was important for us, and it gives us the chance now to go on and win the group in our next match here against PSV Eindhoven.
"Then we can maybe make changes for the last game and give young players European experience.
"I felt we played well in the first half and then when they were reduced to ten men, we had more space and created more chances.
"We could have scored more goals, but to score three was good and as a manager I must be pleased."