Kenny Dalglish has insisted that despite reports circulating that Steven Gerrard might make a comeback this weekend against Tottenham, the skipper won’t be rushed back onto the pitch as he continues to recover from injury.
Gerrard hasn’t played for Liverpool since March, contracting an infection in his groin after an initially successful operation in the problematic area. The midfielder missed out on Euro 2012 qualifiers for England, as well as the start of the season for the Reds, and is hoping to make a return in the next couple of weeks.
And Dalglish said today that while he has almost fully recovered and a return is near, he won't be rushed into anything with the Carling Cup match against Brighton next Wednesday penciled in as a possibility.
"We'll pick and choose when is best for Steven,” said Dalglish earlier today in a press conference.
“We'll decide which game suits him best. We'll analyse his progress like we do with everybody. We'll do the same for Martin Kelly.
"Everybody that is asked to play will be fit enough to play. We'll just wait and see - there is no rush. We've just got to use common sense."
Dalglish expressed relief at Liverpool having a minimal injury list, as the Anfield club prepare to travel to White Hart Lane and face Tottenham.
"We've only got Glen Johnson (out) really. We are just waiting for some test results to come back. We'll take it on from there,” he said.
"Obviously Steven is progressing well. Martin Kelly is back in training too. Fabio (Aurelio) is also close to coming back and joining us."
Liverpool will be hoping to come back from their loss to Stoke when they take on Tottenham, who also have a point to prove after losing 5-1 to Manchester City two weeks ago.