Manager Brendan Rodgers paid tribute to the midfielder Steven Gerrard’s determination after his goal gave Liverpool a 2-1 win over QPR at Anfield on Saturday.
“A lot of players, when they miss a big penalty their game goes and their confidence goes. He is the total opposite,” he said.
“He is one of a unique group of players that when they need to respond, they do. An outstanding header gets us the win.
“It is a world-class talent. There is a very small group of players in that bracket when, in the big games, they score the big goals and make the big contributions and he has done that throughout his career.
“He missed a penalty and you think it may go against us but there was no-one more determined to make up for it.
“It will probably only be when he is gone that people will recognise what a sheer talent he is.”
The win ended a miserable fortnight for Liverpool after they lost an FA Cup semi-final and saw their slim hopes of a top-four finish virtually extinguished.
Minutes before kick-off a plane flew overhead trailing the banner ‘Rodgers Out, Rafa In’ in reference to former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.
“I thought it was Rafa’s agent,” added Rodgers, who went on to defend his position. “Football has short memories. We sat here last year and nearly won the league.”