The England international has just recovered from a groin injury that has kept him on the sidelines since March, making a scoring return to the Anfield starting line-up on Saturday against Manchester United.
Given the nature of the injury, Gerrard has stated that at times he wondered if he was facing retirement.
“When I got the injury, I knew it was going to be a serious one, something I wasn’t used to – and I’ll admit I was down, as low as I’ve ever been as a footballer,” he told Mirror Football.
“I think it’s only natural that you have doubts. Different things cross your mind from time to time.
“I was fighting to get fit, just to get out on the pitch. I was trying to put my body on the line, but it wasn’t the real me and I wasn’t the player I want to be,” he continued.
The operation that followed was necessary, and was a long time in the offing according to Gerrard.
“Before the operation, I’d been getting niggles and having injections to play. Basically I knew I wasn’t right.
“I was missing training sessions and coming in the day before a game trying to get that last session in, or having injections to play the next day.
“You can only do that for a certain amount of time before your body gives in, and mine gave in. My groin packed in on me and when it happened I was down and I was low.
“It probably wasn’t until I got off the crutches that I started being really positive again. I could see I was progressing day by day, and when that happens your positivity creeps back in. Without a doubt, the last six months have been the hardest of my career,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight