STEVEN GERRARD has labelled Kemar Roofe’s incredible goal in tonight’s win over Standard Liege as ‘the best goal I have ever seen live with my own eyes’.
1-0 up through a James Tavernier penalty in the first-half, Roofe broke out in injury-time, rode four tackles in midfield and then shot from inside his own half – the ball then dropped over Arnaud Bodart and into the back of the net.
It was truly incredible from Roofe – and speaking at the post-match press conference, manager Gerrard explained: "The goal was a moment of genius - a world-class moment. I have been playing football professionally since 1998 and it is the best goal I have ever seen live with my own eyes.
The win gives the Light Blues a fantastic three points to kick-off Europa League Group D, and Gerrard continued: "I think it is a very important victory to start the group in a positive way. We have beaten a good team tonight and I think we deserved the victory.
"We were good defensively in the first-half besides one moment from a cross with the header off the crossbar, but in possession, we needed to improve and we needed to be better.
"I think in the second half, we were outstanding for 20 minutes and then the game changed with the weather - it was very unpredictable and it was difficult for both teams.
"But we managed the game extremely well and we take three important points away."
A massive rainstorm threatened the game in the second half with water beginning to stand on the pitch – but manager Gerrard was pleased with how his players adapted.
He added: "It is in your mind the officials might delay and take the teams off - I am happy he decided to play on obviously, but the conditions for both teams and every player were really unpredictable.
"We had one scary moment at the very end - thankfully, Standard never scored as it might have changed the game.
"But from the second half tonight, I was very proud of my team as we were much better and we deserved the victory.
"We had two or three other really good chances to score, and I think that is important for the next time we play Liege we know we are capable of creating big chances which is good for the confidence and belief for the next game."