Charlie Adam insists he is excited at the prospect of Steven Gerrard making a return for Liverpool over the next couple of weeks, despite the fact that the skipper will make the fight for midfield places even more competitive at Anfield.
Gerrard has been out of action since March, missing the opening of the season along with international matches for England. But the 31-year-old is now on the comeback trail, and could be back as early as tomorrow night when Liverpool take on Brighton in the Carling Cup.
And Adam believes that his inspiration over the team alone is a big reason why he’s needed back so badly.
"I'm looking forward to seeing Steven come back," Adam told the official Liverpool website.
"He's a top player as everybody knows and every time someone mentions his name they smile because they know how good he is.
"It's going to be difficult for me personally because when he comes back in he will want to play the same as everybody.
"You've just got to play as well as you can in the games coming up next and when he does come back then it's up to the manager to make the decision.
"He's a top player and any team would welcome their best players back into the starting XI."
Liverpool suffered a demoralising loss to Tottenham over the weekend, going down 4-0 at White Hart Lane. And while some pundits thought he Reds might rush Gerrard back to bolster the squad, Kenny Dalglish insisted that he won’t be rushed ahead of time.
"It's natural everyone wants to chase Stevie, especially after you have lost 4-0," Dalglish said.
"But we'll see how it goes and when both parties agree he'll play.
"Stevie has done fantastically well to get where he is, and having him back in the side can only be a good thing.”