As Liverpool’s players made their way towards the Stadium of Light dressing rooms on Saturday, three points against Sunderland safely secured, Steven Gerrard stood by the tunnel to congratulate each of his teammates in turn.
The skipper had been withdrawn at the interval in the north east as a mere precautionary measure and he watched from the sidelines as the Reds ensured Lazar Markovic’s early strike was the difference on the day.
That the former England Captain then waited for each player to depart the field to offer his congratulations showed how much Liverpool’s fourth consecutive victory on the road in all competitions meant to the captain and the team as a whole.
For John Aldridge, it was simply another example of the 34-year-old’s leadership skills and his determination to spur the Reds on to success between now and May.
“That was an example of leadership, in the truest sense. He knew that was a big win, he knew it was a big confidence boost for certain players, Simon Mignolet in particular, and it was great to see him there at the end, waiting to congratulate everyone” said Aldridge.
He said the skipper was great himself in the first half, by the way. He looks like a weight has been lifted from his shoulders. He is bright, lively and full of confidence as always.