Steven Gerrard is expected to make his first Liverpool start in nearly seven months when Manchester United visit Anfield on Saturday, a return that Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has welcomed with open arms.

After completing his rehabilitation following groin surgery, the Liverpool skipper has bided his time, making three substitute appearances for the Reds, but was left out of the England squad for Friday's 2-2 draw with Montenegro on Friday.

Dalglish has been careful not to rush Gerrard back during the early part of his comeback, for fear of an injury recurrence. But the midfielder has been working hard on his fitness during the international break, in a bid to put himself in contention for a starting berth this weekend.


"A fit Steven Gerrard strengthens this football club, no question," Dalglish confirmed. "If you have Steven in your squad, it's going to raise the profile and standard."

With Liverpool looking to mount a strong challenge in the Barclays Premier League this season, the players, coaches, and fans, will all be equally delighted and excited to have such a key player available for selection again.

"We want to have a really strong squad," the Reds boss continued. "And him being in it makes it that much stronger."

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