Steven Gerrard hails Kemar Roofe strike as “best goal he’s seen”



Steven Gerrard hailed Kemar Roofe’s moment of genius and insisted he had never seen a better live goal than the superb strike from the leader of the Rangers from his own half that sank Standard Liege in Belgium soaked in rain.

The Ibrox boss has an impressive catalog of goals from his playing days, but he admitted none were up to the effort that sealed a 2-0 Europa League triumph at the Maurice Dufrasne stadium.

James Tavernier shot the Gers past the penalty spot as the Light Blues claimed their first away victory in a group stage clash since Walter Smith’s side defeated Lyon in 2007.

Kemar Roofe’s downtime strike from the center line sank Standard Liège on Thursday

But it was Roofe’s incredible effort that made headlines, and Gerrard insists the former Leeds man deserves his moment in the limelight.

He said: “None of my goals were in this league.

“I think it was a brilliant moment. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch it five or six times since the game ended and it’s pre-strike preparation and preparation.

“He hits two people off the ball with sheer force over very difficult terrain in the worst conditions I’ve seen.

Boss Steven Gerrard says it's the best goal he's seen live since turning pro

Boss Steven Gerrard says it’s the best goal he’s seen live since turning pro

“Then he manages to hire someone – and then have the vision and the audacity to try the strike in the first place, I just think it’s a brilliant moment.”

“And that’s probably the best goal I’ve seen live – and I’ve been a professional since 1998. Amazing hitting and he deserves all the applause for it. “

But Roofe’s celebrations didn’t go well with the hosts.

The former Anderlecht striker was booked following his goal, but a member of the Liege backroom took matters into his own hands as they faced him full time, sparking a row over the line. touch between teams.

Gerrard has no idea if this breakup will see his team in trouble but says he will talk to Roofe.

Roofe's celebrations didn't go well with Standard Liege players towards the end

Roofe’s celebrations didn’t go well with Standard Liege players towards the end

“I can’t control what we get out of it,” he said. “I don’t think I would describe him as ugly. I think it’s too hard. I think it was a little something or nothing.

“They were disappointed with Kemar’s celebration. OK but Kemar was punished for that and it’s up to me to manage and me to manage.

“They’re obviously very frustrated to have been beaten for the first time in six years on their home turf.

“It’s not nice to lose football games, especially when you are the favorites to win them. We can understand the frustrations but it was disappointing. We thought it could have been avoided.

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The last 20 minutes were spent on a swamp as storm clouds flooded the land.

But Gerrard was delighted with how his defensive mother held up in the playoffs.

He said: “I had to say some things at half-time. We had to be better in possession.

“I thought our organization was good and besides a few crosses that we allowed in, I thought we were doing well defensively.

“We had to be more stylish and believe in ourselves once we got the ball back, so we could keep it longer.

The Ibrox club sometimes carried their luck in a rain-soaked Cork Thursday evening

The Ibrox club sometimes carried their luck in a rain-soaked Cork Thursday evening

“So we had to try a bit at half-time, but the first 20 minutes of the second half we were exceptional, more like the Rangers who I like to see with style and a real possession-based approach when we collect the ball. .

“But then obviously the weather changed dramatically and the conditions became unplayable and very unpredictable.

“It was about who was going to handle the conditions better from there.

“But you have to give the players credit because I think you’ve seen a different team than us in the last 25 minutes. We dug, we handled the conditions and we really deserved a big win in a tough place to come.


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