Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish thrilled to have Steven Gerrard back
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish claims Steven Gerrard is looking "superb" in training - but won't rush the midfielder back to action
Kenny Dalglish has admitted his delight at Steven Gerrard’s return from a lengthy lay-off with an ankle infection, insisting the Reds skipper is looking “superb” in training.
Gerrard made his first start of the season for Liverpool in October’s clash with Manchester United at Anfield after shaking off a persistent groin problem, only to suffer another infection – this time in his ankle – shortly after making his comeback.
The 31-year-old returned to action as a second-half substitute in the Boxing Day draw against Blackburn Rovers at Anfield – but Dalglish insists he will not rush his captain back.
“Steven was back to full fitness before he got a freak injury and that’s why he had to recover again,” said Dalglish. But the two of them weren’t related and he is back and looks even better than he did the last time he came back.
“We are not going to be irresponsible and throw him in and take a chance. We know he’s fit and we know he just needs game time in the same way as we monitored him through last time and we’ll do the same this time. He looks superb at the moment.”
Dalglish also revealed his delight at the number of potential skippers at his disposal in the Anfield dressing room.
He added: “We have got three captains in the dressing room in Stevie, Carra [Jamie Carragher] and Pepe [Reina]. We’ve always said it’s best to have your strongest players, your best players, fit and around the squad.
“We’ve got the three captains in there now and it must make us better and stronger. Given a bit of luck in front of goal I think it will make us a lot stronger on the pitch as well.”