Steven Gerrard ‘not far away’ from Liverpool return
Liverpool boss says Gerrard's imminent return from a persistent groin problem will be a "fantastic boost"
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has revealed that captain Steven Gerrard is edging ever closer towards a return for the Reds.
The 31-year-old midfielder has not featured since March due to a persistent groin problem, and the Reds boss admits his eventual comeback will be a “fantastic boost” for his side.
“He’s not far away,” said Dalglish on Thursday. “When Steven is ready to come back it will be a fantastic boost for everybody.
“The transfer window is shut, so for us it will be a real bonus because it will be like a new player coming back.
“As he said himself in an interview on Saturday, everything feels really strong, fresh and he’s happy with where he’s got to and what he’s done – and we’re delighted for him.
“He deserves a break from injuries and he’ll be welcomed back with open arms.”
Meanwhile, the Liverpool manager was relieved at having no new injury concerns ahead of his side’s trip to Stoke City on Saturday.
Glen Johnson has resumed full training after recovering from a thigh problem and Charlie Adam is set to be available for selection.
“I think we’ve been pretty fortunate,” he said. “There doesn’t appear to have been anybody come back [from international duty] with any injuries.
“Glen Johnson is training alongside us again now, and Steven is getting closer everyday, so everything on the injury front seems to be pretty positive for us at the moment.
“Charlie should be alright for the game. I think it was right what Craig Levein [Scotland manager did in not playing him on Tuesday. To get him back was commendable of Craig Levein.”