Steven Gerrard set for United return

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is on the verge of full fitness, and is widely expected to start for the Merseyside team in their clash with Manchester United on Saturday.

The England international suffered a groin injury back in March, and has been in recovery after undergoing surgery over the summer.

After making substitute appearances in the last three of Kenny Dalglish’s men’s fixtures, the veteran midfielder is ready to take his place in The Reds’ starting XI come the weekend.

With the international break resulting in the bulk of the Liverpool squad being absent from club training, Gerrard has been afforded extra time to work on his fitness.

Dalglish has been vocal in his attempts not to rush Gerrard’s return, but is glad to have his talisman fit and ready to play.

“A fit Steven Gerrard strengthens this football club, no question. If you have Steven in your squad, it’s going to raise the profile and standard,” he told Sky Sports.

“We want to have a really strong squad – and him being in it makes it that much stronger.”

The game will be an acid test for a new look Liverpool, with the Premier League champions in excellent form so far this campaign.

By Gareth McKnight

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