Gerrard: It was a weight off my mind

Gerrard said: “It was a weight off my mind to get the goal. I had a few chances before and you could see I was getting too anxious. But I just had a feeling it was going to come last night.

“My form has been a lot better in training and I knew it was just a matter of time before I took it onto the pitch.

“The most important thing for me is always going to be the team, but I know if I’m playing to my best I can have a big influence on our form.

“I’ve been missing something since the start of the season. I’ve not had the spark to my game, and I definitely think coming back from the World Cup has been a factor.

“It’s more to do with missing pre-season. You’re never as sharp if you don’t get the full pre-season training, and it’s no coincidence as far as I’m concerned that if you look around Europe a lot of the major players haven’t started the season that well.”