Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard expects to ready for pre-season training

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard expects to ready for the club's pre-season training after undergoing surgery on his shoulder

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Steven Gerrard has scored nine league goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Steven Gerrard insists he will be ready for the start of Liverpool’s pre-season schedule following surgery on his shoulder.

The Reds captain has featured in each of the club’s Premier League outings this season but opted to have an operation on a shoulder injury which will see him miss the final two top-flight games of the campaign.

The 32-year-old, who has scored nine goals and made nine assists in 35 appearances, revealed he incurred the injury in their FA Cup win at Oldham Athletic and has played with the problem since January.

“It’s disappointing but to be honest, that [playing every league game] is not a very important personal achievement – what is more important is that I am fit and available for the team,” he told Liverpool’s website.

“Between the medical staff and myself, we’ve decided the best decision is to get it done now so I am ready for pre-season training.

“I’m very disappointed to miss the last two games, but it’s a stage now where it’s probably better if another player plays because he’ll be able to offer more because the shoulder is quite sore.”

He added: “I first got the injury against Oldham in the FA Cup when I came on as a sub and I’ve since aggravated it on numerous occasions.

“The medical team and staff have been brilliant – they’ve helped me a lot and put a lot of hard work into getting me out there onto the pitch.”

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