Steven Gerrard names the ‘two main pieces of the jigsaw’ at Liverpool

Steven Gerrard says Liverpool's title win has helped him "bury a few demons" and the former Reds captain praised two players for "completing the jigsaw" at his old club.

Liverpool will be presented with their maiden Premier League trophy following their last home match of the season against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Gerrard himself fell agonisingly short of winning a league title in the 2013/14 season, where his high-profile slip caused Liverpool to surrender their lead in the table to eventual winners Man City.

But the now-Rangers manager admitted seeing his old team achieve the feat this season has allowed him to settle some personal scores.

“First and foremost, for me it was fantastic to bury a few demons from 2014, it was certainly a big relief," he said, speaking on BBC Sounds' Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.

"Being a Liverpool fan and ex-player, I’ve known the big, long wait and I’m still in touch with a lot of the players that are in that dressing room so a lot of them shared that pain with me.

"It was fantastic for everyone connected to the club but it was mixed emotions in many ways because of my own experiences, being a fan and ex-player and a lot of my family are Liverpool fans as well."

While Gerrard was unable to add a Premier League winners medal to his trophy collection, he was the standout player for the club during his time at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's side meanwhile rely less on the individual talent of just one player, and are a more well-oiled machine.

While the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah rightly often get the plaudits, players such as captain Jordan Henderson have been just as crucial to their dominance.

But Gerrard singled out two players in particular for helping take Liverpool to the next level.

“The two main pieces of the jigsaw looking at Liverpool very closely are the keeper (Alisson Becker) and (Virgil) Van Dijk, for obvious reasons," he said.

"I think Liverpool were a good team and exciting team before Van Dijk and the keeper came, but they’ve just absolutely turned them into a world-class side and the jigsaw is complete with those two, they’re absolutely phenomenal.”

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