Steven Gerrard needed no words of encouragement from his manager when he arrived at Melwood for training on Thursday following Liverpool's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The Reds skipper was unfortunate to lose his footing in the build-up to Chelsea's opener at Anfield, allowing Demba Ba to race clear and fire the Blues ahead.

Willian's late strike then wrapped up a sobering defeat and halted Liverpool's 11-game winning streak; however, the Reds remain top of the Barclays Premier League table with two games to play.

Such a feat has been, in large part, down to Gerrard's influence this season, adjusting to a deeper role, driving the team on and demonstrating unparalleled composure when it mattered.

The statistics speak volumes about his achievements - the Reds' talisman has only bettered a personal league tally of 13 goals once, when he hit 16 during the 2008-09 campaign.

But the stats do not necessarily tell the whole story either. Pressure penalties against Fulham, West Ham United and Manchester United have all meant more than just a mere mark against his name.

Rodgers insists the 33-year-old will only come back stronger following the disappointment of the weekend's defeat at the hands of Jose Mourinho's men.

Asked whether he needed to lift Gerrard during the week, the manager replied: "No, not at all. Stevie was like us all - we all hurt [after the game].

"Obviously it was a big game. Steven played really, really well, but he was just unfortunate to make the slip and Demba Ba went through and finished really well.

"Steven is a guy who has picked himself up over many years after disappointments. And he will do it again. He's a real, real good man. I think it's been a wee bit over-analysed as well - the guy slipped, which can happen to anyone. Unfortunately it led to the goal. It happens and we move on."