Liverpool boss admits delight at Steven Gerrard return
Kenny Dalglish thrilled to have his captain back in contention after lengthy lay-off due to groin injury
Kenny Dalglish has admitted it was “fantastic” to see Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard return to action on Wednesday after over six months on the sidelines.
Gerrard, who had not featured for the Reds since March due to an ongoing groin problem, came off the bench in the second half of Liverpool’s 2-1 Carling Cup victory at Brighton.
The Liverpool manager refused to be drawn on how long it would take the talismanic 31-year-old to rediscover his top form, preferring to instead praise the midfielder for his efforts during his lengthy recovery.
“He’s done fantastic coming back and it’s great for the whole club that he is back,” said Dalglish on Thursday. “The most important person in all of it is Steven himself.
“It’s great to see him back. He’s missed an awful lot of football through injury, so he’s done brilliant to get where he is.
“We can look forward to him getting even fitter. There will be no timescale or programme. We’ll just take it as it comes.
“He’s the captain and the talisman of the football club. He’s played around 20 minutes for us and he’s on his way back. We’re absolutely delighted for him.”
Gerrard, who suffered a setback in his recovery from the groin injury in July after picking up an infection, says he is now fully focused on regaining his match sharpness.
“It’s been a nightmare for me,” said Gerrard after Wednesday’s win. “I’m not the best when I’m out injured and watching games.
“It’s been tough and the last six months have been a rollercoaster. It’s behind me now and I’m looking forward to getting match fit and getting back in the starting line-up.
“I’d been out a long time and it was fantastic to be out there in that kit again and it was nice to get a win as well.”
Meanwhile, Dalglish, whose side host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, also revealed that Fabio Aurelio and Glen Johnson have returned to light training.
Neither are expected to be available for the clash at Anfield however, while Denmark international Daniel Agger will be out for “a few weeks” with a fractured rib suffered in last weekend’s defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.