Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard: I’m in my best shape for years
Liverpool skipper insists he won't be changing his style of play despite frequent injuries in recent seasons
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has vowed to continue his box-to-box style of play despite suffering an injury-plagued season.
The England international underwent surgery on a groin problem last March which ruled the 31-year-old out for the remainder of the season.
As the midfielder nears a return to full fitness, he insists he need not yet change his style of play as he approaches the latter stages of his career, claiming he is in the best shape he has been in for years.
“Maybe one day but not now,” said Gerrard when asked about the possibility of having to alter his style of play as he gets older. “I’m not at that stage yet.”
“I want to come back as the player I’ve always been and perform to the levels that I’ve reached before.”
He added: “After the operation I feel in the best shape I’ve been in for two or three years. I’m stronger, I’m lighter and I’ve got a lot more confidence about my body generally. Changing isn’t on the agenda.”
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish led the club to a remarkable revival in the second half of the season despite the absence of Liverpool’s talismanic captain.
And Gerrard admits he will need to work hard to re-establish his position in a team which has flourished in his absence, with the Reds recording five victories in their final nine league matches.
“Everyone will need to prove themselves and I am no different,” he told LFC Weekly. “At Liverpool, you’re always proving yourself – it never stops because it’s the Liverpool way. It’s the manager’s decision [who to pick].
“All I can do at the moment is get my rehab done and come back with my body right, hungry, rested up and ready to go.”
Gerrard added: “The challenge is for the other players to keep me out of the team – I’m all for the challenge.”