Liverpool FC fans should not panic after Man United defeat

Steven Gerrard has called on Liverpool FC fans not to panic despite the disappointing defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

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The club legend believes the key to the Reds’ revival could be the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge and captain Jordan Henderson, as well as Philippe Coutinho’s return after suspension.

Gerrard was left dejected after the performance at Old Trafford, and now believes the clash with Norwich on Sunday is a must-win game for Brendan Rodgers’ team.

He said: “I’m still a bit dejected from the performance and the result.

“It’s still a bit raw but you have to understand the bigger picture. It’s still early on in the season, we’re on the back of two poor performances and results.

“But there’s still a lot of time to recover and with the fixtures we’ve got coming up hopefully we can take six points and start mending that damage.

“I was expecting a big reaction from the West Ham performance and it never came until the second half. When you play the big teams it’s too late. You can’t afford afford to react in the second half.”

He added: “The frustrating thing for me was that Man United didn’t have to do too much to win it. I think that’s what will be hurting Brendan and the players.

“The fans are disappointed at the moment but I think it’s important we don’t panic.”

The former Liverpool captain was speaking with Steve Hothersall and ECHO columnist John Aldridge on Radio City Legends, and he said that there’s plenty of time for Rodgers to fix the Reds’ recent issues.

And Gerrard says the return of key players to the side will have a big influence on Liverpool’s fortunes.

He added: “We’re missing some big players. I think it’s vital Daniel Sturridge is back playing and firing as soon as possible. I think the key is the partnership he forms with Benteke because if they click together there’s plenty more big games to finish high up in the league.

“So although it’s been disappointing it’s important to stay calm.

“Henderson has been a big miss and Coutinho’s suspension was a hammer blow, so I think they’re three big players.If you get those three into the team we will be fine.”