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Gerrard backs Rodgers' faith in youth

Steven Gerrard has backed Brendan Rodgers to bring success to Liverpool with a mix of attacking flair and faith in youth.

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Rodgers collected his first Premier League victory since taking charge when Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Norwich on Saturday.

Gerrard also scored, along with Nuri Sahin, in a win that moved the club out of the Premier League's bottom three.

The captain felt that Liverpool had been unlucky not to win any of their first five league games under their new manager, and is sure that better times lie ahead.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "Sometimes when things are not going for you, you can start to feel sorry for yourself but we didn't do that. We've kept doing the right things and got (our) reward against Norwich.

"I said last week when we lost to Manchester United it was a strange feeling because we played really well and should have beaten them. It was nice to play well again and win this weekend.

"We are passing the ball well and doing what the manager wants us to do, which is pass the ball at a high tempo and it's enjoyable."

Rodgers has brought a number of academy graduates into the first-team picture at Liverpool this season, giving forward Suso and defender Andre Wisdom their first Premier League starts at Norwich.

And Gerrard insists the manager deserves praise for giving the club's young players a chance.

He said: "A lot of people talk about the academies and players coming through but you still need to have a manager who has the bottle and puts his neck on the line by giving them a chance, and the manager has done that from day one.

"He said to them from day one if they showed the right attitude and application in training he would give them a chance and they are doing well.

"We have a good mix of youth and experience and we as senior players will help guide them and show them the right way."

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