STEVEN Gerrard has asked his entire team to step up and be counted ahead of Alfredo Morelos’ absence from Friday night’s trip to Easter Road.

The Colombian will be suspended when the Gers take on Hibernian, a side they beat 6-1 at Ibrox back in August.

Jermain Defoe is expected to replace the Premiership and Europa League’s top scorer for the game, but as Defoe already proves with his ton of league goals, Gerrard believes he has strength in his squad to not miss Morelos too much.

Speaking to the media the Gers boss said: “I think it is important we just focus on the three points that are available at Hibs tomorrow; it will be a tough game.

“Our performances down at Hibs, since I have been here, have been really positive and really strong but we haven’t got the rewards that the performance deserved. 

“I think it is very clear tomorrow that we want the same type of performance but we want to be more clinical in taking our chances.

“I believe we have a squad coping without any individual and we’ll see after tomorrow if we can do that.

“Alfredo is a man in fantastic form, scoring goals and really enjoying his football but we believe we have the squad capable of coping and the players have got to go and prove that. 

“Alfredo has apologised to his teammates after the Motherwell situation but that’s not important now, it’s gone. I think we need to focus on what is available to us now.

“He has been different this week because you can see in his face that he’s disappointed he’s not available.

“He’s not a man that hides that disappointment very well and you can see, even in this morning’s session, he is gutted he can’t play but that is the player and that is the person.

Defoe is in double figures for the season, while the likes of Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield and Ryan Kent have also been on target this month.

Gerrard continued: “Jermain’s name in the game and his standing in the game speaks for itself.

“We will pick a team tomorrow that is capable of going to Hibs and if we perform to our best then it will be capable of getting the result we want.

“I think the responsibility is throughout all the attacking players, I think if you look at our attacking players then at important times they have done that. 

“Scott Arfield has popped up, Ryan Jack has popped up and Joe Aribo has got a couple, he has moved up a line now so we expect Joe to add some numbers to the team in that area.

“Ryan Kent is back fit and flying now so we expect it from him as well and also the players who maybe haven’t played as much need to be ready because the squad has been hit a bit in the last few weeks.”

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