Kenny Dalglish is wary of rushing captain Steven Gerrard back into first-team action too soon, following the players’ recovery from a groin injury that has kept him out for six months.
Gerrard’s last appearance was against Manchester United in March, but the player has begun training again at Melwood.
Dalglish, talking to the Liverpool Daily Post, warned: “We have just got to be careful, we are not going to get ahead of ourselves here and start talking Steven up for him not to play… Steven will be back for us when he is fit and well, when the timing is right for everyone. We just need to put the brakes on a wee bit. It sounds like people expect him back (to start) on Sunday. There is no date set for Steven to come back.”
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Praise for Skrtel.
Kenny Dalglish has praised Reds defender Martin Skrtel for his performances in the right-back position in the absence of Martin Kelly.
The Liverpool manager told the official club website: “He’s been playing out of position but it’s been no problem for him. He came on against Bolton and was very, very comfortable. There is no way Martin Skrtel is ever going to let you down through lack of commitment. He’s played right-back in the last two games and done brilliantly. He doesn’t look out of place to me. If we have to keep him there, then we will keep him there.”
Flanagan eyes Spurs call.
Liverpool right-back Jon Flanagan is looking to take advanatge of injury problems at the club to establish himself in the first-team, and hopes to get the nod for this weekend’s away tie at Tottenham ahead of fellow youngster Martin Kelly.
“Hopefully I can get back in the team – that’s my target,” Flanagan told the Liverpool Echo. “We’ve got a few injuries at the moment so maybe I’ll get another chance soon. When I do get back in there I’ll have to show what I can do. Kells (Martin Kelly) is back in training so it all depends what Kenny wants to do but if he needs me at Tottenham I’ll be ready.”