Brendan Rodgers believes Steven Gerrard has taken on extra responsibility this season in helping to protect and nurture some of the youngsters currently finding their feet in the Liverpool first team.
An influx of youthful talent has seen the likes of Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and Suso thrive in the senior side in all competitions since August.
And the manager explained how Gerrard has taken it upon himself as captain to help the youngsters make the step up from Academy level.
“He will have played in teams here in the past where he’s got players around him with more experience,” said Rodgers. “He’s obviously got to take on more of a mantle now because it’s a much younger group.
“There’s a bit more responsibility on him in relation to looking out more for the team, because of the youthfulness in the group. As the skipper of the club, when we are going through this period, maybe he will feel the need [to curb his attacking] in himself. Maybe it is something subconsciously that is ...