Kenny Dalglish won’t rush Steven Gerrard back to action

Liverpool skipper still recovering from injury and could be rested for Thursday's Sparta Prague tie

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Steven Gerrard picked up an adductor injury against Chelsea Photo: Nicholas Macgowan

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Kenny Dalglish has revealed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard remains a doubt for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Sparta Prague at Anfield.

Gerrard, 30, has been absent since picking up an adductor injury in the 1-0 win over Chelsea at the start of February, and Dalglish is reluctant to rush the midfielder back to first-team action.

“Steven is almost there,” said the 59-year-old. “Whether he gets there in time or not remains to be seen, but we’re not going to push somebody into a game that’s not quite ready.

“As much as Steven would love to play and we’d love to have him, I think we’ve got to think a bit longer term than just one game.

“But if he’s fit and well, he’ll come under consideration like everybody else.”

The Liverpool manager added: “I think it’s important we adopt the same philosophy as we’ve had before with the likes of Jay Spearing, who could have carried on a little bit longer with his injury but we wanted to get it done and dusted and get him looked after.

“Daniel Agger was the same, Martin Skrtel got a rest last week (against Sparta), Martin Kelly got a rest, so I think we’ve got to be consistent in our approach to things and if there is any doubt whatsoever, if we can get by without Steven then we will do.”

Liverpool battled to a 0-0 draw with Sparta Prague at the Generali Arena in Prague in the first leg of their second round Europa League last week.

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