By FOX SPORTS staff
Unsurprisingly, Gerrard was named man-of-the-match in front of the sell-out Anfield crowd that turned up to honour him in a testimonial game against Greek side Olympiacos.
The England captain was nevertheless happy to play a supporting role in the match, paving the way for midfielders Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson to get on the score-sheet in a 2-0 win for Liverpool.
Reflecting on Gerrard's performance in the game, Rodgers told the club's official website that he was impressed by the Reds skipper's desire to do well for his side.
"For me, he's still got a number of years yet, you gauge players on their hunger, no matter how young or old they are. From the first day I walked in it's really struck me, his determination and his hunger to still succeed," he shared.
"When I speak to him on a daily basis he's very hungry for the club to do well. You saw his performance today [Saturday] - the quality of his movement, his passing, his leadership. He's a real talisman and a real gentleman."
The man of the hour was not keen to discuss his achievements throughout a Liverpool career spanning almost 15 years, as he opted instead to speak about the team's new signings and the impact he hoped they would make in the new season.
"Aspas has got little bits of magic and he'll certainly strengthen the squad, he's still very young but you can see the talent is there, I thought Toure looked assured at the back and Mignolet kept another clean sheet and we're yet to concede a goal. Luis Alberto is one for the future and I'm sure every minute he gets here at Anfield will be great experience for him," Gerrard said.
"The new signings are settling well and hopefully there are one or two more in the coming weeks."