Masch hails 'special' Gerrard
Javier Mascherano feels the qualities of Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard help breed confidence .
Last Updated: 17/09/08 3:30pm
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano believes the 'special' qualities of team-mate Steven Gerrard help breed confidence at Anfield.
Reds captain Gerrard produced another virtuoso display on Tuesday as a spectacular equaliser and penalty conversion secured a 2-1 UEFA Champions League victory at Marseille.
The encounter in the south of France was Gerrard's first outing in the Liverpool starting XI since returning from a groin operation, and Mascherano was pleased to have his skipper back.
Mascherano recognises the ability of Gerrard and feels the England international is one of the best players in the world.
"Stevie is a winner and when you have a player like him you have to enjoy it and allow him to take responsibility," Mascherano told the Liverpool Echo.
"It is really good for us to have a player like him because you can play with confidence with him alongside you.
"He is a truly special player and there are not many players who can do so many good things for their team and score the kind of goals he scores."
Mascherano, though, was disappointed that Liverpool could not produce a performance on a par with that which defeated Manchester United last Saturday.
"It was a good victory for us," he added. "It was difficult because we did not play as well as we did against United at the weekend.
"Marseille played really well and had their fans behind them and it is never easy away from home, especially in the Champions League.
"But I the most important thing was the result because the victory means that we have made a good start which we will now look to build upon."