Balogun reveals what makes Gerrard special

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Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has spoken about his time at Glasgow Rangers under Steven Gerrard, and he was full of praise for the Liverpool legend. After their success last season in the Scottish Premier League, Balogun revealed some of his gaffer’s play management tactics. “Sometimes it feels like he (Gerrard) is just your pal or one of your teammates,” Balogun told the Beautiful Game Podcast.

“He has the banter with you, but then he just knows how to switch. He doesn’t have to scream at us. Sometimes he just has to give you that look, and you know, you’re not going to mess it up now because you don’t want to get that look and be the one.

“It helps that he (Gerrard) is a legend himself but also the way he treats his players, and not just him but Mick Beale, he does an amazing job, TC (Tom Culshaw), Gary McAllister.

“They all do their parts. The way they treat you as a human being first and foremost. They understand how to manage their players, and that makes it easier. Especially with the manager, Steven Gerrard.”

And he impressed immensely in the nineteen league games he played in, which earned him a one-year contract extension in April.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” he said. “I just joined for this glorious successful year, so I think they really learned from mistakes in the past.

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