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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hails Chelsea ‘warrior’ John Terry

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised Chelsea captain John Terry as the Premier League’s best defender, describing the former England skipper as a ‘warrior’.

Liverpool gave Chelsea a guard of honour on Sunday afternoon, as the champions hosted their Premier League rivals at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea legend gave his side the lead after just five minutes through a trademark headed finish, but old foe Steven Gerrard ruined the party with an equaliser just moments before half-time.

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The clash ended 1-1 in west London – which has all but ended the Merseyside club’s hopes of clinching fourth-place ahead of Manchester United.

But, speaking after the game, Rodgers couldn’t help but hail Terry, saying, “I worked here [Stamford Bridge] for four years with John Terry,” as quoted by the Daily Star.

“He is the best centre-half in the league in his years,” he added.

“A wonderful passer of the ball and a warrior.”

Terry’s goal on Sunday saw him become the Premier League’s highest ever goal-scoring defender – beating David Unsworth’s record of 38 strikes – and sums up the stunning season that the Stamford Bridge icon has enjoyed.

The 34-year-old has had one of the most outstanding campaigns of his career, and continues to prove the critics wrong by remaining at the heart of the Blues team.

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