Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has tipped Reds captain Steven Gerrard to continue producing the kind of inspiring form which saw the midfielder score a hat-trick in his side's 3-0 win over Everton in midweek.

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Gerrard, who turns 32 in May, is currently in his 14th season at Anfield having been at the club his whole career, and Dalglish - who played for the club until he reached 39 himself - believes the England international can maintain his superb form as he ages.

"Whatever is going to happen, while he is here he will be a fantastic asset for us - and Stevie will look after himself because all the lads know how to look after themselves these days," Dalglish said in the Daily Mirror.

"If anybody wants to be a player at that age there is an important role to be played off the pitch as well as on it."

He continued: "Stevie can play wherever he wants. We know he is going to be here, giving us the best service he is capable of giving anybody like he has done so far and we'll go along with that and manage Steven as well he manages himself, and who knows what can happen."

With the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes still playing well into their late 30s and having spent their entire careers at Liverpool's rivals Manchester United, Dalglish highlighted Gerrard's longevity and value at Anfield.

"It's a rare thing to have someone like him play as a one-club man for their entire career," he stated.

"There's only a few around now. John Terry would be one and there are a couple along the East Lancs Road. We've got a couple here (with Jamie Carragher). They are fewer and farther between than they used to be, but everyone who does it, it is because they have the ability to do it and they are at a fantastic club.

"Steven has maintained an incredible level. He sets the standard."